BRING IT ON
Release Date: August 25, 2000
Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku,
Jess Bradford, & Gabrielle
Runtime: 95 minutes
Distributor: Universal Pictures
Director: Peyton Reed
Executive Producer: Armyan Bernstein, Max Wong,
Caitlin Scanlon, & Paddy
Producer: Marc Abraham & Thomas A. Bliss
Writer: Jessica Bendinger
Address Comments To:Edgar Bronfman, Jr., President/CEO
The Seagram Co.
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608-1085
Phone: (818) 777-1000
Web Page: www.universalstudios.com
Kirsten Dunst stars as Torrance Shipman, who has just become captain of the cheerleading squad at Rancho Carne High School in San Diego. As a newly elected captain, she begins to learn the politics and ethics involved with competing in the Regional and National Championships. Her squad has won the nationals several years in a row, and everyone expects Torrance to bring the title home again. When she learns, however, that the previous captain has been stealing the original cheers of an African-American squad from Los Angeles, she tries to set things right. Meanwhile, Torrance finds herself falling for Cliff, the charming, funny brother of her new best friend.
Both Dunst as Torrance and Jesse Bradford as Cliff deliver appealing performances. Their relationship is relatively chaste, innocent and fun to watch. They are ably supported by the rest of the cast, including Gabrielle Union as the Los Angeles squad leader and Eliza Dushku as the gymnastically adept new best friend. Ian Roberts does a hilarious turn as a hyper choreographer whom Torrance hires to help her squad.
Although funny and cute at times, BRING IT ON lacks substance and quality. It also contains plenty of foul language and crude behavior. The movie’s heroine, Torrance, is essentially an ethical person, but those around her over-indulge in vulgar and obscene behavior, as well as many insulting sarcastic remarks. Apparently, the sweetness at the heart of the story was too much for the filmmakers to let slide without bringing in some sleaze. That’s too bad, because, without such objectionable material, BRING IT ON could have achieved a more cohesive quality of innocent fun. It may even have done a lot more to educate teenagers about honesty, ethics, Christian values, and healthy lifestyles. Perhaps one day viewers will get that kind of redemptive teen flick from a major studio, but don’t hold your breath. In the meantime, of course, pray for miracles. As the song says, our God is an awesome God.
Both Dunst as Torrance and Jesse Bradford as Cliff deliver appealing performances, ably supported by the whole cast. Although funny and cute at times, BRING IT ON lacks substance and quality. It also contains plenty of foul language and crude behavior. The movie’s heroine, Torrance, is essentially an ethical person, but those around her indulge in vulgar behavior as well as many insulting remarks. That’s too bad, because BRING IT ON could have been innocent fun