"Bring it On" by first-time director Peyton Reed, is a very funny & cleverly written satire, focusing on the ups, the downs & the stresses associated with competitive cheerleading in American High Schools. Who would believe that a simple premise, such as competitive cheerleading could form the basis for a hilariously entertaining film.
The young cast is fantastic, they look great & the acting is above par. The cheerleading sequences feature amazing routines that are fast paced, energetic & sassy, using both dance skills & athletic ability.
The story centres around the Toro Cheerleading team from San Diego & their unbeatable cheer routine that they hope will win them the championship title for a record breaking 6th year in a row. Newley elected team captain Torrance Shipman (Kirsten Dunst) thinks that her team has the competition in the bag until she finds that the cheer rountines they are using were in fact lifted from a rivial cheer team, The Clovers, by her teams former captain.
The Toro team suffers another blow when one of their cheerleaders takes a fall during a routine & is deemed unfit to compete. Dunst decideds to hold cheer tryouts looking for some new blood for the team. A new girl arrives in the form of beautiful but hard as nails Missy Patone (Eliza Dushku).
The plot thickens when Dunst & her team attempt to inject new life into their cheer squad by unknowingly employing a scam-artist cheer instructor to help them orchestrate a new routine.
Dunst falls in love with Missy's brother Cliff Patone (Jesse Bradford) & the scene with these two characters brushing their teeth in the bathroom is a likeably sweet standout.
Only one team will go on to win the big cheer tournament at the end of the day, will it be the The Toros or The Clovers, well, you will just have to watch this fun, entertaining & fast paced delight to find out.