A transfer student to a rough high school tries joining the cheer-leading squad and she not only faces off against the head cheerleader, but against her former school in preparation for a cheer-off competition.
Lina Cruz and her family move from the urban streets of East Los Angeles to the sunny beach town of Malibu - where at her new school, she attempts to beat competitive cheer coach Avery in the Spirit Championships.
The Toro cheerleading squad from Rancho Carne High School in San Diego has got 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, the Toros' road to total cheer glory takes a shady turn when she discovers that their perfectly-choreographed routines were in fact stolen from the Clovers, a hip-hop squad from East Compton, by the Toro's former captain. While the Toros scramble to come up with a new routine, the Clovers, led by squad captain Isis have their own problems - coming up with enough money to cover their travel expenses to the championships. With time running out and the pressure mounting, both captains drive their squads to the point of exhaustion: Torrance, hell bent on saving the Toros' reputation, and Isis more determined than ever to see that the Clovers finally get the recognition that they deserve. But only one team can bring home the title, so may the...Written by
Carla Mackauf, who plays Aaron's college girlfriend ("You were a cheerleader?") is a real-life Lakers cheerleader. See more »
After the tryouts Whitney closes her notebook just before Missy enters the room. In the next shot, the notebook is still open. See more »
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...
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(UK VHS rental version) During the start of the closing credits various cast members mime along to "Mickey" in the chearleading arena. See more »
Deleted Scenes include:
Torrance calls Carver in the hospital after she breaks her leg.
Darcy uses cheers to remember SAT words for a test.
A perverted Earth Science Teacher spies on the girls trying out for cheerleading.
Jan defends male cheerleaders during tryouts after Missy makes a crack about the guys.
Torrance flirts with Cliff in his kitchen after he catches her drinking out of his orange juice carton.
Torrance's parents pressure her about her college plans.
Torrance says bye to her family as she leaves for Florida.
New Pope Cheerleaders, a fundamentalist squad, stick the words "U SUCK!" using marshmellows on the Toros bus windows.
An extended version of the locker room scene.
An extended version of the scene where the stripper tries out for cheerleading.
An extended version of the scene where Big Red dares Torrance to drop the spirit stick in front of the whole cheerleading camp.
Written by Nina Ossoff / Anthony Battaglia (as Tony Battaglia) / Shaun Fisher
Performed by P.Y.T.
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A Bevy of Attractive Actresses
This movie begins with a high school student named "Torrence Shipman" (Kirsten Dunst) being selected as the captain of the cheerleading team. Needless to say, this is a great honor. However, in this particular case the previous cheerleading teams have won the national championships for 5 years in a row and everybody expects this year's team to be no different. That being said, things start off rather badly when one of the cheerleaders is injured and put out of commission at the very first practice. Needless to say, finding a qualified replacement on such short notice is an extremely difficult task but, as luck would have it, just when things looked extremely bleak a new student by the name of "Missy Pantone" (Eliza Dushku) auditions and agrees to take the empty spot so that things can begin to proceed as normal. Unfortunately, just prior to their first competition Torrence learns that the cheers they have worked on for so long have been stolen from another school and to continue with them would severly impact their chances. Not only that, but the team who invented the cheers are extremely good and intend on proving themselves in the national championships as well. Now rather than reveal any more I will just say that this was an okay comedy for the most part with a few good laughs to be had here and there. Likewise, having a bevy of attractive actresses like Clare Kramer (as "Courtney"), Nicole Bilderback ("Whitney"), Gabrielle Union ("Isis"), Tsianina Joelson ("Darcy") and the aforementioned Kirsten Dunst certainly didn't hurt either. On the other hand, however, I must admit that some of the drama was a bit clichéd and the overall plot was rather predictable as well. All things being equal, I suppose it managed to pass the time well enough and for that reason I have rated it accordingly. Average.
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