BRING IT ON

USA | 2000 | 98 minutes | PG


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.


Director: Peyton Reed
Cast: Kirsten Dunst, Gabrielle Union, Eliza Dushku and Jesse Bradford


DETAILS

The new captain of the Rancho Carne Toros cheerleading squad, Torrance Shipman (Kirstin Dunst), is excited to start a new season leading the reigning champions, until her latest recruit (Eliza Dushku) schools her in the fact that her predecessor stole their winning routines from a rival squad, the Compton Clovers, led the by a new and determined captain, Isis (Gabrielle Union).

Details

Bring It On could be made today. It would be a hit today. Some language, a plot point here and there would need to be updated, but the main story would certainly remain the same. Of course, there would be more of the Clovers; perhaps the film would be from their perspective. It works in intersectionality, and cultural appropriation, in a clever way while remaining funny. But it also takes you to a place that’s moving. Bring It On puts two young and formidable actors as Torrance (Kirstin Dunst), and Isis (Gabrielle Union) head-to-head, and they create a timeless glimpse into why these actors are still carving out their legacies today. Bring It On is evergreen because it is fun, touching and has something to say. It manages to break down power structures without subjecting us to an inappropriate saviour-complex trope. Come cheer it on! It’s a cheerocracy, after all. (VANYA GARRAWAY)

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