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Bring It On (2000)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance, Sport | 25 August 2000 (USA)
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.

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Peyton Reed
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Brandi Williams ... Lafred
Richard Hillman ... Aaron
Lindsay Sloane ... Big Red
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Storyline

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 <BriRyeMuls@aol.com>

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Taglines:

Backstabbing. Spotlight-grabbing. Secret-blabbing. A cheerleader's life is all that. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sex-related material and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

During the football game, the white Costa Mesa uniforms are actually re-used ESU uniforms from the film The Program (1993). A few of the characters' names are still recognizable on the backs of the jerseys. See more »

Goofs

In her audition, Missy smudges the "tattoo" on her arm with her finger. She smudges it downwards. Later, when Torrance goes to her house, the smudge marks can be seen to go upwards. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Big Red: I'm sexy, I'm cute, / I'm popular to boot.
Big RedWhitneyCourtneyDarcyCarverKaseyTorrance 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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Crazy Credits

(UK VHS rental version) During the start of the closing credits various cast members mime along to "Mickey" in the chearleading arena. See more »

Alternate Versions

The DVD contains 2 alternate endings:
  • Torrance talks to the audience while in cheerleading uniform.
  • Torrance and Isis attend the same college and compete for captain of their college cheerleading squad.
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Connections

Referenced in The Gallows (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

GET UP & DANCE
Written and Performed by Mark Bryan
Courtesy of Cheerleading Music Service
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Cheer-Worthy
7 March 2001 | by great_sphinx_42See all my reviews

Interestingly enough, one of the most tired and boring cliches in both film and high school has been the subject of two genuinely enjoyable, if fluffy, movies in less than a year. I speak of course, about cheerleaders and both 'Bring It On' and 'Sugar and Spice'. But while 'Sugar and Spice' was campy and surreal, 'Bring It On' is a self-consciously serious movie advancing the idea of the cheerleader as athlete. While this idea is an honest and accurate one, it's one that audiences will only take so far. Cheerleaders may indeed be finer athletes than those on the sports teams they cheer for- I'd believe it, although I've never been a cheerleader and only rarely watch them on ESPN. I do know, though, that 'sissy, girly' activities are very frequently more difficult than 'tough, manly' activities, but try telling the boys that- or a movie audience. No matter how many big-budget and/or 'true story' movies are made wherein football is a metaphor for life or boxing is an affirmation of the greatness of the human spirit, even the most fascinating stories about sports like gymnastics or figure skating are strictly television movie-of-the-week fodder. In this atmosphere, you cannot make a cheerleading movie serious. You have to make it a joke. The smart folks behind Bring It On, though, realized that if they could strike a certain balance they could fulfill expectations but also get their point across. So they filled their flick with cute, peppy girls like Kirsten Dunst- always a delight, and well-cast here as a golden girl with a conscience- and snappy, irreverent jokes. They have a PG-13 locker room scene and a bikini carwash. They also have broken bones and high stress- very real factors in the lives of competitive cheerleaders. The squad is co-ed, and we get to know two of these curious, maligned creatures commonly known as male cheerleaders. One of them *is* gay- and an extremely well-adjusted, likable and "non-faggy" one, at that. The other is straight, and as horny as any frat boy in Animal House. We also have a tough girl named Missy transferring from L.A., along with her cute brother Cliff and the news that the Toro squad's cheers are not "100% original", as they had believed. Unfortunately for Kirsten's character Torrance and her Rancho Carne Toros, their ex-captain stole all their prize-winning routines from an East Compton squad (which are perhaps overly rude, even given the circumstances), that will be going to Nationals for the first time. So what's a cheerleading squad to do, except experience various pratfalls on the way to coming up with their own routine and competing and learning something about valuing your own strengths? It's better than it sounds, surprisingly- and refreshingly- enough. As for macho posturing at sports movies, the fact that this was a sueprise hit and 'Sugar and Spice' was not might just be a sign that there are audiences too smart to believe that any movie about female athletes must automatically be completely silly. What a surprising- and refreshing- change.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

25 August 2000 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,362,105, 27 August 2000

Gross USA:

$68,379,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$90,449,929
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