Fired Up



Raging hormones rule in crude cheerleading comedy.
  • Review Date: June 8, 2009
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2009
  • Running Time: 90 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Lecherous teen boys learn about caring and respect for the opposite sex -- but along the way their behavior is selfish, egotistical, and driven by their very randy urges. "Winning" is shown to be far less important than improving and doing the best you can.

Positive role models

The main characters are selfish and obsessed with sex, though they do eventually mend at least some of their ways. There's also plenty of stereotyping.


Several punches to the face; football hits during a game; cheerleaders fall and hit the ground hard during practices -- no injuries.


From the movie's opening moments to its final frames (including under the closing credits), raunchy teenage behavior is the focus of this film. There's enthusiastic kissing and passionate embracing throughout. Teen boys constantly ogle bikini-clad girls, girls in short shorts, and other girls of all shapes, sizes and ethnicity. There's no frontal nudity or bare breasts, but naked boys are seen from many angles on several occasions. Boys and girls grab each other's clothed butts. Same-sex female kissing in two scenes, and some gay and lesbian fondling. All of the above is played for comic effect and portrayed in a lighthearted manner.


Continuous bawdy language; every possible form of "s--t," plus "dick," "kicka--," "t--ty bar," "bang," "douche monsters," "bitch," "a--hole," "dog knockers," "boob," "goddamn," "suck bucket," and more. One character is defined by the extensive euphemisms he creates for all things female and sexual.


Significant references to Staples Office Products are used to parody the concept of product placement in sports.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One scene shows teen boys drinking, partying, getting drunk, and behaving ridiculously.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a review of the PG-13-rated version of the movie and not the unrated DVD. Expect to find even more adult content in the unrated DVD. This crude comedy about two lust-driven teen boys is full of boundary-pushing sex and language content. The main characters are surrounded by -- and happily ogle -- hundreds of girls clad in the shortest of shorts and tiniest of bikinis. Boys are shown naked from both the back and front (private parts are covered by towels, etc. in the latter case). Though actual physical contact is limited to kissing and a few scenes of "grab ass," the characters are constantly talking and thinking about "hooking up." Not surprisingly then, the language can get vulgar and sexist -- and it's also peppered with "s--t" and the like. Underage characters drink, and there's some same-sex kissing and fondling; many of the gay characters are played very stereotypically, though it's all meant to be funny rather than disrespectful.

What's the story?

Shawn (Nicholas D'Agosto) and Nick (Eric Christian Olsen) are the cutest (and cockiest and most lecherous) football heroes in their high school. They conspire to ditch their summer football program so they can join three hundred teen girls at cheerleading camp instead. Their dreams come true, but over the course of the movie they also encounter the joy and pain of first love; unexpected friendships with spirited, larger-than-life characters; and a lesson in the art of giving instead of taking.

Is it any good?


If you can get past the strong language, some amateurish acting, a first-time director (Will Gluck) who's far from sure-handed when it comes to the camera, and cheerleading routines that are clumsily shot and show little pizazz, FIRED UP is actually a fairly clever teen comedy in spots. It's a movie about acting dumb and exhibiting outrageous behavior, but it's always self-aware of its outlandishness.

D'Agosto and Olsen are consistently adorable and aware of their own ridiculousness, and they have impressive comic timing and delivery. Also appealing are supporting actors David Walton, Adhir Kalyan, and John Michael Higgins (in the requisite role of the adult buffoon). They're all obviously having fun with their over-the-top performances and the movie's broad tone. Fired Up may not be a teen classic, but it has its moments.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the consequences of the characters' behavior. Is there any fall-out from their drinking or obsession with sex in the movie? Would there be stronger consequences in the real world?

  • How would you describe the filmmakers' attitude toward the boys'

  • behavior? What role does Carly play in clarifying that attitude?

  • Unlike in many other sports

  • movies with underdog heroes, the Tigers don't win the cheerleading

  • competition. What does the movie say about winning, losing, and doing

  • your best?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:February 20, 2009
DVD release date:June 9, 2009
Cast:Eric Christian Olsen, Nicholas D'Agosto, Sarah Roemer
Director:Will Gluck
Studio:Sony Pictures
Run time:90 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:crude and sexual content throughout, partial nudity, language and some teen partying

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Teen, 13 years old Written bycreamcheese7 March 27, 2011

good for tweens like ages 12 and up

it is a good movie...only bad part is when you see a girls boobs.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Kid, 12 years old August 5, 2009
Overall, this was a very funny movie, but I saw the unrated version, and there is a scene of full frontal nudity of a girl and boys. The girl has her breasts shown in a lake, and the boys are seen by their penises and butts. Parents are cautioned for the unrated version.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Adult Written byMovie Man August 7, 2009

Absolutely Hilarious!

I loved this movie! It was hysterical and sexy!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing


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