A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Bring It On: Worldwide #Cheersmack is yet another sequel to 2000's Bring It On, a cheerleading movie that found a big audience. Inspiring even a Broadway musical, the franchise continues to find new life. In this entry, a high-profile cheerleading squad is challenged to a "Virtual Worldwide Cheer Competition," and there is dissension in the ranks. Audiences will see a lot of cheerleading and dance sequences (in many instances, the choreography is more "dance" than cheerleading). Lots of sexy moves, skimpy clothing, and some sexual innuendo throughout. Expect cursing (e.g., "bitch," "s--t," "ass"), and there are conversations about menstruation and virginity.
What's the story?
Destiny (Cristine Prosperi) leads The Rebels, a well-known cheerleading squad that is mired in dissension in BRING IT ON: WORLDWIDE #CHEERSMACK. Their notoriety is under online attack by assorted other squads, even some international ones. A challenge by a mysterious group called "The Truth" brings matters to a head. A Virtual Worldwide Cheer Competition is announced. The Rebel members are rebellious, hoping for inspiration and change in the face of the contest. Destiny is unbending. Several of the boys in the group quit. The team's only hope may be a trio of male street dancers, cheerleading novices, led by Blake (Jordan Rodrigues). Aided by a web phenom known as "The Cheer Goddess," (Vivica A. Fox), and amid growing discord, the group prepares for the big event. And, much to the surprise of the members of the squad, romance blooms, as well.
Is it any good?
Every once in a while, a sequel seems like a weak attempt to capitalize on the success of the original; in this case, nothing meets even limited expectations. The performances, with few exceptions, are rote and spiritless. Predictable from beginning to end, only the dance and cheerleading sequences bring any vitality to the screen and, even then, the live-action production numbers are far more dance than cheerleading. Obviously Bring It On: Worldwide #Cheersmack was made on the cheap. The execution lacks flair, depth, and wit. A few worthwhile moments are provided by the fictional Virtual Cheer Competition, which features real cheerleading squads from around the world. OK for dance or cheerleading fans who can ignore the story circling the moves.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the movie marketplace for sequels like Bring It On: Worldwide #Cheersmack. From the point of view of an audience, what makes a sequel appealing? How do filmmakers and studios benefit from making sequels?
When in Bring It On: Worldwide #Cheersmack did you know how the movie would end? What were some of the most predictable elements in the story? Was there any doubt about who would "win" the competition? When Destiny met Blake, did you know where their story would take you?
Do you mind when a movie is predictable, or does the journey to a predictable ending make it worthwhile?
What is a stereotype? Which, if any, characters were stereotypes?
- On DVD or streaming: September 1, 2017
- Cast: Vivica A. Fox, Cristine Prosperi, Jordan Rodrigues
- Director: Robert Adetuyi
- Studio: Netflix
- Genre: Musical
- Topics: Sports and Martial Arts, Arts and Dance, Friendship, Music and Sing-Along
- Run time: 95 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG-13
- MPAA explanation: crude sexual material
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