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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 6 September 2014
Bright and beautiful Torrance [Kirsten Dunst] lives for cheerleading –it’s her world, gets made team captain of the Torros and on the first day looses one of her ‘girls’ to injury. Enter feisty new girl to school ‘Missy’ Pantone [Eliza Dushku] a gymnastics star who finds herself in a school with no gym team so reluctantly tries out for the cheerleader squad. Missy walks out on the first workout and shows Torrence the routine they are using has been stolen from The East Compton Clovers, a highly inventive black cheerleading squad from a less privileged neighbourhood. Torrence is devastated when the sassy and inspirational Isis [Gabrielle Union], leader of the Clovers, explains that the award winning routines the Torros have used to win the ‘nationals’ for the past five years have actually been stolen from them. This leads to the obvious rivalry between the two teams as Torrence fights to get her ’cheers’ into shape with new routines and works her way around the love interest in the form of Missy’ brother as she tries to lead her team to another victory.
The film opens with a ‘cheer’ soundtrack and routine with very much tongue in cheek lyrics but it turns out to be a dream. It’s a refreshing change to see a more serious or professional viewpoint on cheerleading rather than just spoilt high school ‘rich’ girls trying to show off their latest fashion accessories etc, although individuals within the team do illustrate the usual stereo types. Dunst is good as the naive captain who wants to play fair and win honestly, Dushku excels as the anti ’cheer’ gymnast who suddenly gets into it all and Union is perfect as the underdog with attitude.
The competitive nature and exuberance of cheerleading comes through at the end although one does get a sense that much of the dance routines are over the top and wouldn’t actually be allowed at National level [but what do I know?], but that’s what helps to make a good dance movie, right?. Hilarious it isn’t, but it is a witty and amiable film that is hugely enjoyable but some frank talk and mild swearing along with a few ‘adult’ gestures, tends to push this out of the youngest audience bracket making it a 12 and over rating.
The single DVD from 2000 hasn’t really dated and is just a good a watch as when it came out. The disc itself contains 8 different extras including a trailer, make up tests, extended and deleted scenes as well as directors commentary and spotlight on location, totalling some 45 minutes or so.
If you like dance movies like Step Up or Honey, then you might enjoy this but it’s not full on romance like Dirty Dancing. Worth watching just to see how good these cheerleading dance/acrobatic routines are but the final quarter as they reach the Nationals does tend to jar with the rest of the mid paced movie, it’s almost seems rather rushed as they try to wrap it up too quickly and more could have been made of the rivalry here. However still deserving a solid **** rating.
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on 26 July 2011
well, i'm not usually one for films like this, chick flick mixed with dance movie, but this film makes me smile. It's not a great film, it has an obvious storyline and is so predictable. And yet I still love it. It's fun and bubbly, has a good soundtrack and makes me want to dance!

If you are a fan of girly fun movies, this is a must see. It's been one of my favourite films to kick back and relax with for years. Easy going watching, good fun, and nothing too inappropriate.

I should also mention that i usually can't stand films with Kirsten Dunst in them, but for some reason, this film makes me ignore that, and just enjoy. So i suggest you do too.
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on 1 January 2017
LOVE this film! Never get tired of watching as it never fails to make me laugh, and a bargain price too. Item arrived within 3 days too
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on 14 November 2017
hilarious. as funny as I remember from my teens!
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on 3 January 2017
My guilty pleasure movie, Kirsten Dunst and Eliza Dushku in cheerleader uniforms and a load of other hot girls. I think the movie has some kind of story but I can't remember. Excellent, worth the purchase!
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on 25 May 2017
Excellent Cheer Leading Dance and battle scenes.
Love it!!!!!
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on 9 February 2018
Great film
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on 10 February 2018
Apparently good goddaughter said
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on 1 August 2016
A great fan of 'Bring It On' and other cheerleader/gymnastic/late-90s-to-early-00s movies and this is certainly a great edition!
Doesn't play on one of my laptops due to Region issues however works on the Playstation & Macbook Air.
Very reasonable cost and fairly prompt delivery.
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on 13 August 2016
Love this movie and paid less than £2 for this underrated comedy of the past. One very happy wife
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