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Bring It On -- The Toro cheerleading squad has spirit, spunk, sass and a killer routine that's sure to land them the national championship trophy for the sixth year in a row. But for newly-elected team captain, Torrance (Kirsten Dunst), the Toro's road to cheer glory stumbles when she discovers their perfectly choreographed routines were stolen from a hot hip-hop squad across town. Now the squad must scramble to find a new routine to compete in this year's competition.


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Writer (WGA):
Jessica Bendinger (written by)
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Release Date:
25 August 2000 (USA) See more »
Her parents don't get it. Her boyfriend says forget it. The friends who voted her in now regret it. But does she got game? Bet on it. See more »
A champion high school cheerleading squad discovers its previous captain stole all their best routines from an inner-city school and must scramble to compete at this year's championships. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kirsten Dunst ... Torrance Shipman

Eliza Dushku ... Missy Pantone

Jesse Bradford ... Cliff Pantone

Gabrielle Union ... Isis

Clare Kramer ... Courtney

Nicole Bilderback ... Whitney

Tsianina Joelson ... Darcy

Rini Bell ... Kasey

Nathan West ... Jan

Huntley Ritter ... Les
Shamari Fears ... Lava

Natina Reed ... Jenelope
Brandi Williams ... Lafred

Richard Hillman ... Aaron

Lindsay Sloane ... Big Red

Bianca Kajlich ... Carver

Holmes Osborne ... Bruce Shipman

Sherry Hursey ... Christine Shipman

Cody McMains ... Justin Shipman

Ian Roberts ... Sparky Polastri
David E. Taylor ... Toros Tight End (as David Edwards)
Ashley Howard ... Toros Quarterback
Nikole Lee Amateau ... New Pope Cheerleader #1

Clementine Ford ... New Pope Cheerleader #2
Grant Thompson ... Costa Mesa Quarterback

Leonard Clifton ... Costa Mesa Linebacker

Marie Cole ... Argumentative Girl (as Marie Wise)

Dru Mouser ... Been-Crying-For-Hours Girl
Tracy Pacheco ... Rappin' White Girl
Alicia Michelle Sassano ... Be Aggressive Girl
Natasha Soll ... Start-Over Girl
Ryan Drummond ... Theatre Boy
Paullin Wolfe ... Tiny Tot Cheerleader

David E. Willis ... Emcee #1

Beth LaMure ... Emcee #2

Anne Fletcher ... Event Coordinator
Doug Waldo ... UCA Official
Annie Hinton ... High-Strung Mom
Louise Gallagher ... Class Monitor
Edmond Clay ... Football Announcer

Daniella Kuhn ... T.V. Reporter

Aloma Wright ... Pauletta
Paul Bloom ... T.V. Commentator
Melanie Atmadja ... Jamie

Peyton Reed ... Mime (as Silencio Por Favor)

Jodi Harris ... Cheer Coach

Nectar Rose ... Nervous Cheerleader

Hilary Angelo ... Toothless Cheerleader (as Hilary Salvatore)
Elizabeth Johnson ... Confident Cheerleader

Riley Smith ... Guy Cheerleader
Carla Mackauf ... Aaron's Lover
Anna Lisa Mendiola ... Clover Cheerleader
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Greg Benoit ... High School Student (uncredited)
Alex Ferguson ... Photographer (uncredited)

Ruby Gonzalez ... Student (uncredited)

Lisel M. Gorell ... New Pope Cheerleader (uncredited)

Brandon Henschel ... Ballet Boy (uncredited)

Kenyetta Lethridge ... Clover Cheerleader (uncredited)

Rob Marrocco Jr. ... New Pope Cheerleader (uncredited)

Michael McCafferty ... Pervy Earth Science Teacher (uncredited)

Directed by
Peyton Reed 
Writing credits
Jessica Bendinger (written by)

Produced by
Marc Abraham .... producer
Jessica Bendinger .... co-producer
Armyan Bernstein .... executive producer
Thomas A. Bliss .... producer
Paddy Cullen .... executive producer
Caitlin Scanlon .... executive producer
Patricia Wolff .... co-producer
Max Wong .... executive producer
Original Music by
Christophe Beck 
Cinematography by
Shawn Maurer 
Film Editing by
Larry Bock 
Casting by
Joseph Middleton 
Production Design by
Sharon Lomofsky 
Art Direction by
Timothy Whidbee 
Set Decoration by
Jill McGraw 
Costume Design by
Mary Jane Fort 
Makeup Department
Ramses Azzab III .... hair stylist
Danielle Cunningham .... makeup artist
Tony Gardner .... special makeup designer
Dami Hamilton .... assistant makeup artist
Everett Jackson .... hair stylist
Selina Jayne .... makeup department head
Taurus Jerome .... makeup artist
Paula Le Mieux .... assistant makeup artist
Paula Le Mieux .... makeup artist
Cindy Miguens .... hair stylist
Emjay Olson .... hair department head
Carol Romano .... makeup artist
Sandra Schneider .... additional makeup artist
Jo-Anne Smith-Ojeil .... makeup artist: Ms. Dunst (as Jo-Anne Smith)
Anthony D. Castillo .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Michael Mosher .... additional hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Brad Arensman .... post-production supervisor
Paddy Cullen .... unit production manager
Alexandra E. Perce .... assistant unit production manager (as Alexandra Perce)
Nancy Rae Stone .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Todd Amateau .... first assistant director
Jennifer Anderson .... second assistant director
Handel Whitmore .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Robb Abramson .... on-set dresser
Brad Beidler .... swing gang
Bill Brownell .... graphics
Charlie Brownell .... lead man (as Charles Brownell)
David Brownell .... set dresser
Tim Burton .... carpenter
Eric Conger .... assistant property master (as Eric A. Conger)
William Detweiler .... assistant art director
Catherine A. Frazier .... scenic artist
Thomas Kascade .... set dresser
Brenton L. Lane .... property master (as Brenton Lane)
Christopher Marsteller .... set dresser (as Christopher L. Marsteller)
Richard N. McGuire .... construction foreman (as Richard McGuire)
Charles Monroe .... painter
Robert Naefke .... set dresser
Leah K. Nellman .... additional props
Brandon O'Brien .... art production assistant
Michael Poolman .... carpenter
Diego Sanchez .... set dresser
Ilya Seperich .... additional props
Glen Marc Shearer .... set dresser
Robert A. Sturtevant .... construction coordinator
Craig Waller .... carpenter
Bryan S. Wheeler .... foreman scenic artist
Jacob Whitmore .... additional props
Gary Wimmer .... lead scenic artist (as Gary W. Wimmer)
Peter Clines .... property assistant (uncredited)
Kenneth Heimer .... carpenter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Patrick Beatty .... sound production assistant
Angela Black .... sound production assistant
Robert Trevor Black .... production sound mixer
Lance Brown .... additional sound re-recording mixer
Benjamin L. Cook .... foley mixer (as Benjamin Cook)
Louis Creveling .... dialogue editor
Jed M. Dodge .... adr supervisor
Matt Dubin .... digital transfer engineer
David Lee Fein .... foley artist
Marc Fishman .... additional sound re-recording mixer (as Marc David Fishman)
Alan Freedman .... adr mixer
Cormac Funge .... supervising sound editor
Robert Getty .... adr editor
Robert Getty .... dialogue editor
David Grant .... dialogue editor
Kevin Hamilton .... adr editor
Michael Hertlein .... dialogue editor
Chato Hill .... assistant sound editor
Thomas Jones .... dialogue supervisor (as Thomas Jones III)
Craig Jurkiewicz .... foley editor
Michael Kamper .... sound effects editor
Andy Koyama .... sound re-recording mixer
Derek Marcil .... sound re-recording mixer: pre-dubs
Diane Marshall .... foley artist (as S. Diane Marshall)
Quinton Nixon .... sound recording engineer
David Pattee .... boom operator (as David Ausin Pattee)
Philip Rogers .... sound recordist (as Phillip Rogers)
Steve Scoville .... dialogue editor
Anne Slack .... sound editor
Anne Slack .... sound effects editor
Lucy Sustar .... foley mixer
Johanna Turner .... digital transfer engineer
Jonathan Wales .... sound re-recording mixer
Aaron D. Weisblatt .... sound effects editor (as Aaron Weisblatt)
Mark Choi .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Joe DeAngelis .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Kevin Maloney .... additional boom operator (uncredited)
Dean St. John .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Johanna Turner .... transfer engineer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
John Teska .... visual effects supervisor
Robert Beebe .... optical printer operator: Title House Digital (uncredited)
Christopher Dusendschon .... in-show optical process and effects compositor: THDX (uncredited)
Christopher Dusendschon .... optical element Hazeltine colorist: THDX (uncredited)
Steven Emmert .... optical compositor: THDX (uncredited)
Lindsay Dann .... flying double
Courtney Farnsworth .... utility stunts
Mark Henry .... stunts: football
Brett A. Jones .... stunts
Heather Epper Murray .... stunt performer (as Heather Murray Epper)
Grant Waters .... stunt player
Nancy Young .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Nick Berry .... lighting technician
Carlos Boiles .... grip
Kenneth Cooper .... lighting technician (as Ken Cooper)
Richard Crow .... Steadicam operator
Richard Davis .... Steadicam operator
Kenny Doll .... grip
Greg Flores .... grip
Marcus 'Roo' Flower .... key grip
Houman Forough .... camera operator: "b" camera (as Houman Farough)
Jack Garrett .... camera operator
Mark Gilliam .... grip
Brad Gilson .... camera intern
Britta Gustafsson .... film loader (as Britta Gustafson)
Brian Hatfield .... grip
Jeff Heck .... grip
Ken Jacques .... still photographer
Brian Lay .... lighting technician
Michael Logan .... electrician
Michael Lohmann .... first assistant camera (as Michael R. Lohmann)
Paul J. Lohmann .... assistant camera
Robert L. Mant .... film loader
Warren Moore .... lighting technician
Steven Nellman .... lighting technician
Robert Ogden .... best boy electric
Christopher Olson .... video playback operator
Brett Peters .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Alan M. Rowe .... gaffer
Jimi Ryan .... dolly grip
Adam Sipkowski .... best boy grip
Rob Smejkal .... grip
Dan Smith .... second assistant camera
Greg Wilson .... best boy electric
Christopher Goss .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Jodie Jones .... electrician (uncredited)
George Sugar .... set electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Dena Berman .... casting assistant
Niki Boyle .... extras casting assistant
Mary Burt .... extras casting assistant
Terri Douglas .... adr voice casting
Shannon Hahne .... extras casting assistant
Kiki Holzen .... extras casting assistant
Melinda M. Lintner .... extras casting
Michelle Morris .... casting associate
Jenny Scott .... extras casting assistant
Richard Whobrey .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tonya Barrett .... set costumer (as Tonya B. Barrett)
Nicole Capasso .... costume supervisor
Jim Hansen .... costumer
Sherrie Jordan .... set costumer
Mem MacAfee .... costumer (as Mem Macafee)
Pippi Robben .... assistant costume designer
Kate Samhat .... key set costumer (as Katherine Swartz)
Anna Andolsek .... costumer (uncredited)
Meredith Korn .... costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Erik C. Andersen .... additional editor
Rick J. Brown .... colorist: dailies (as Rick Brown)
Christine Cholvin .... second assistant editor
Frank Cuomo .... post-production coordinator
Mato .... color timer
Lawrence Mischel .... negative cutter
John Woo .... apprentice editor
J. Brolin .... post-production runner (uncredited)
Michael Toll .... telecine operator (uncredited)
Music Department
Christophe Beck .... score producer
Fernand Bos .... musician
Fernand Bos .... supervising music editor
William Boston .... orchestrator (as William A. Boston)
Mark Bryan .... additional cheer music mixer
Billy Gottlieb .... music supervisor
Tim Isle .... assistant music editor
Ernest Lee .... music preparation
G. Marq Roswell .... music consultant
David Sabee .... orchestra contractor
Seattlemusic .... musician: score
Casey Stone .... music scoring mixer
Transportation Department
J. Adam Bogle .... driver
Garfield E. Burke .... driver
Danny Coughlin .... driver
Brian Crispin .... driver
Nathaniel Dawson .... driver
Nik Edgerton .... driver
Dan Gearhart .... transportation coordinator
Rigoberto Gonzalez .... driver
Troy Gould .... driver
Nils Hansen .... transportation captain
Donald Judd .... driver
Lee Lavery .... driver
Charlie McManis .... driver
David Millstein .... driver (as Dave Millstein)
Spencer Nesbit .... driver
Robert Platt .... driver (as Robert P. Platt)
Jason Rechner .... driver
John Rowe .... driver
Other crew
Stacy Adair .... stand-in
Kitty Adkins .... set medic
Mark Barclay .... assistant: Thomas A. Bliss
Cecilia Cardwell .... studio teacher
Allison Chesher .... publicist
Linda Corley .... craft service
Otto Corley .... craft service
Felicia Craggs .... second assistant accountant
Lindsey Dann .... stand-in
Dennis Davidson .... International public relations
Brent Devarnne .... cheerleading coordinator
Richard Devinki .... production coordinator: Beacon Communications
Jason Dufner .... location production assistant
Fred Fendrich .... hazeltine timer
Nicole Finch .... script supervisor
Anne Fletcher .... choreographer
Javier Gonzalez .... office production assistant
Meher Gourjian .... title designer
Misty Green .... assistant: Mark Abraham (as Misty Green Haaksman)
Johnny Haddad .... set production assistant
Jeannine Hamaoui .... assistant: Caitlin Scanlon
Kevin Harris .... post-production accountant
Jody Hart .... production assistant
Hi-Hat .... creator: "Clovers" routines
Bon Bon Ignacio .... second assistant accountant
Ray Jasper .... choreographer: cheerleading
Arabella Johannes .... assistant: Armyan Bernstein
Mark Kamranfar .... production assistant
Paul Kenney .... first assistant accountant (as Paul Kenny)
Michael Lasker .... assistant: Paddy Cullen
Christie Mattull .... internation public relations: Dennis Davidson Associates
Peter McManus .... production accountant
Scott Nabb .... set production assistant
Robin Nagle .... stand-in
Anna Notarides .... key set production assistant
Tim O'Hair .... studio executive
Paul Pecoraro .... office production assistant
Cia Rosenberg .... assistant: Peyton Reed
Lisa S. Rothmuller .... location manager
Rick Schroeder .... stand-in
Jon Shestack .... production executive (as Jonathan Shestack)
Todd Silver .... assistant: Max Wong
Ross Stasik .... production assistant
Jack Stern .... teacher: Ms. Dunst
Jeff Strief .... office production assistant
Bill Thomas .... assistant production coordinator
Angelo Vacco .... voice actor
Tanya Valentine .... development assistant
David M. Wermus .... assistant location manager (as David Wermus)
Corey Whitney .... set production assistant
Sarah Yang .... production coordinator
Peter Kelley .... dialogue coach: Eliza Dushku (uncredited)
Michalla Petersen .... voice-over artist (uncredited)
Golden Swenson .... location scout (uncredited)
Mark Swenson .... assistant production coordinator: additional photography (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"Cheers!" - Japan (English title)
"Girls United" - Belgium (English title)
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Rated PG-13 for sex-related material and language
98 min
Aspect Ratio:
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As seen in the movie trailer, additional scenes showing Isis' personal and school life were shot, even giving her a boyfriend, but were eventually cut from the film.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Torrance pulls the controller out of her brother's PlayStation, the top opens but there's no CD in it.See more »
[first lines]
Big Red:I'm sexy, I'm cute, / I'm popular to boot.
Big Red, Whitney, Courtney, Darcy, Carver, Kasey, Torrance Shipman:I'm bitchin', great hair, / The boys all love to stare, / I'm wanted, I'm hot, / I'm everything you're not, / I'm pretty, I'm cool, / I dominate this school, / Who am I? Just guess, / Guys wanna touch my chest, / I'm rockin', I smile, / And many think I'm vile, / I'm flyin', I jump, / You can look but don't you hump, / Whoo / I'm major, I roar, / I swear I'm not a whore, / We cheer and we lead, / We act like we're on speed, / Hate us 'cause we're beautiful, / Well we don't like you either, / We're cheerleaders, / We are cheerleaders. /Roll call...
Big Red:Call me Big Red.
Whitney:I'm W-W-Whitney.
[Courtney makes cat snarl]
Darcy:Dude, it's Darcy.
Carver:I'm big bad Carver. Yeah!
Kasey:Just call me Kasey!
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47 out of 59 people found the following review useful.
Energetic, Well-Scripted Fluff, 20 February 2001
Author: Daniel J. Fienberg (d_fienberg) from Los Angeles, CA

"Cheerleaders are dancers who have gone retarded," says Sparky, the modern dance-influenced choreographer who from $2000 dollars a pop teaches cheerleaders the mysteries of Fosse-inflected "happy fingers." Bring It On, which was a surprise hit in the fall of 2000, clearly believes that cheerleaders are far more than hoofers gone to seed. Despite the frequent jokes at their expense in the film, Bring It On shows cheerleaders are spirited, athletic, graceful, and most importantly, relevant to the 21st Century. Colorfully shot, attractively cast, and snappily written, Bring It On is hardly a great movie, but it's perfectly appealing for most people and I'd guess that the millions of cheerleaders and former cheerleaders nationwide will get a lot more out of it.

The plot is simple. It's like Rocky. Or Varsity Blues. Or any other sports movie you've ever seen. New captain of the five time national cheerleading champions Toros, Torrance (Kirsten Dunst) is shocked when the new girl on the squad (Eliza Dushka), a gymnast, tells her that all of the routines that made the squad famous were stolen from an inner city school in East Compton, two hours up the coast. Determined to prove that they can do it themselves, the Toros go through a fairly short journey to self-empowerment. There's a pounding bass line, lots of teens in short skirts, some fun flipping, and a lesson about being true to yourself and believing in others.

The film also takes on any number of myths about cheerleaders. Are male cheerleaders all gay, or do they just like grabbing girls' rears? The answer, of course is a little from column A and a little from Column B. Are cheerleaders all airheads? Well, the issue of whether or not these girls go to class is done away with in two minutes at the beginning of the film. From that point on, education, books, and homework are never mentioned. Any occasional signs of intelligence are held up to ridicule, though these "sweater puppets" are all quick with a witty retort, so they must have something going on upstairs. And finally, is cheerleading a sport? Well, this film comes out firmly on the side of yes.

For all of its verve, Jessica Bendinger's script is too reductive for the movie to be taken very seriously. The white girls are obviously upper scale and spoiled. Naturally the white girls don't have any sass at first and naturally they borrow it from their African-American neighbors. The black girls are supposed to be poor. Not that that's really depicted in this day-glo colored world.

In fact, through the wonders of Hollywood Central casting, the squad from East Compton actually looked even more racially homogenous than the "Buffys" from San Diego. This is an inner city high school that has a cheerleading squad featuring a dozen girls with identical light complexions and straight hair. The racial assumptions at work here would be offensive if the movie placed any premium on reality. Instead, as directed by Peyton Reed, everything is colorful, glossy, and easy on the eyes. The intricate cheerleading routines are mostly shot from strange angles or awkward close-ups to make it impossible to tell if the cast is actually doing any of the cheering stunts at all.

When Kirsten Dunst makes good small movies (see The Virgin Suicides or Dick), nobody goes to them. So I suppose it's fitting that this movie was a smash. She's always an entertaining screen presence and for now she's still young enough that it isn't ridiculous for her to keep playing high school characters. How her career progresses as she matures remains to be seen. The rest of the cast seems like they were picked from the set of a WB series. Now since I kind of like a number of WB series, I don't mean this as an insult in any way. The Warner Brothers network has proven a good training ground for attractive young women to read catchy dialogue and everybody in Bring It On seems very skilled with the zingers. And as the aforementioned Sparky the choreographer, Ian Roberts is just hilarious and his scene is easily the funniest part of the movie.

In the end, Bring It On is fairly satisfying. It's also amusing to note the strange directions that this movie is able to stretch the limits of the PG-13 rating in terms of language and certain forms of implied sexuality. But that's neither here nor there. Bring it On gets a not-to-be-ashamed-of 6/10 from me.

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