The world of cheerleading crashes full-force into the world of young love ala Romeo and Juliet
and West Side Story
in this boy meets girl, Sharks versus Jets, cheerleading competition where the West-Coast Sharks cheerleading team takes on the reigning champion East-Coast Jets in a cheer camp championship that will culminate in a world-wide tour. Passion and attitude pervade both cheer squads and team leaders Carson (Ashley Benson) and Brooke (Cassie Scerbo) are intent on defeating one another by any means necessary. A chance encounter between Jet Penn (Michael Copon) and Shark Carson sparks a quick romance, but team rivalry and suspicion repeatedly put the two at odds with one another. When a rumble between the Sharks and Jets injures a significant number of cheerleaders from both teams, the rivals must either forfeit any chance of victory or find a way to work together to combine their strengths and defeat a host of significant challengers. The parallels to West Side Story
are purposeful and strong, but the incessant snobbish, self-absorbed attitudes of the cheerleaders, the stereotypical actions and slang of many characters, and the surprising lack of actual cheer footage make this program unappealing and at times downright distasteful. Great music like "Get Me Bodied" by Beyoncé, "Never Stop" by Hilary Duff, "Division" by Aly and AJ Insomniatic and "He Said, She Said" by Ashley Tisdale permeates the entire show and the actual cheer footage is spectacular. Aptly rated PG 13 for language, suggestive content, and rude humour. --Tami Horiuchi
It's high noon for the cheerleading teams of two rivals schools as they face each other at the 'Cheer Camp Nationals'. When California high school senior Carson (Ashley Benson) arrives at the national cheerleading championships, she soon finds her team, the West High Sharks, up against chic New York outfit the East High Jets, led by spoilt brat Brooke (Cassie Scerbo). As the rivalry between the two teams builds, Carson falls for another cheerleader Penn (Michael Copon), not realising he's actually a Jet. Discovering the romance, Brooke challenges Carson to a 'cheer off', and it's not long before the no-holds-barred brawl that folllows changes both teams chances for lifting the title.