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Haley Graham is a former gymnast-turned-juvenile delinquent who, after one too many run-ins with the law, is forced to enroll at an elite gymnastics academy, the VGA in Houston, Texas which is run by the legendary Olympic gymnast Burt Vickerman. But the rebellious Haley is not welcomed into the academy by the other teenage gymnasts who despise her for walking out on her Junior Olympic team years earlier during a competition which cost them the gold medal. But Haley is not a docile person either and makes every effort to provoke conflicts with the other girls. Vickerman takes it upon himself to coach Haley in his own way to make her regain her self respect for the VGA's coming spot on the Gymnastic Nationals. Written by
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Right after Haley tries to apologize to Tricia, as she walks up the stairs and on to the stage and then to her spot in line, the camera is set far back watching the entire stage, as the girls step forward and raise their hand as their name is called, Haley is just getting into line, when Joanne is stepping forward, but when it does a close-up, Haley is already in line, and the person before Joanne is stepping forward, then Joanne proceeds to step forward. See more »
[Spying on Haley practicing bars]
Can you imagine making it all the way to Worlds and walking out? It's totally insane.
Wei Wei Yong:
I heard she was tanking her double pikes in warm-ups. I think she just choked.
I can hear you! and I'll kill you!
[the girls slink behind a stack of mats]
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In 'Stick It' Missy Peregrym plays Haley Graham, a troubled ex-gymnast. When her adolescent antics bring her before the judge, she is given the choice of either jail time or back to training. Burt Vickerman (Jeff Bridges) is reluctant to bring her back. After walking out on the national championship, she is hard to trust. She let a lot of people down that day, friends and foes alike, but not everything is what it seems.
For what it was, this was an okay film. Most of the cast did surprisingly well, the choreography was really good. I think most of the actresses did their own routines. There is something of a surprise ending with a good message in the end.
However, I think this movie was fairly slow and not very believable. Haley appears to be too old for such competition. But, I think anyone who likes gymnastics or appreciates the competition will like this film.
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