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Bring It On Review
Directed By: Peyton Reed.
Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Gabrielle Union, Eliza Dushku, Jesse Bradford, Natina Reed, Nicole Bilderback, Rini Bell, Huntley Ritter.
Synopsis: This is the studio propaganda on the back of the box: The Toro cheerleading squad has spirit, spunk, sass and a killer routine that's sure to land them the national championship trophy for the sixth year in a row. But for newly elected team captain Torrance (Kirsten Dunst), the Toros' road to glory stumbles when she discoveres their perfectly choreographed routines were stolen from a hip-hop squad across town. Now the squad must scramble to find a new routine to compete in this year's competition.
This isn't easy to admit. I own a copy of Bring It On. For a guy, now at the wonderful age of 30 to say I own a copy of Bring It On it sounds either lecherous...what is that 30 year old doing salivating over those younger women?...Or it just sounds like I'm an idiot. I prefer to think it's neither.
I got a kick out of this movie and even though it never tops the opening scene...a nightmare cheer sequence that describes the girls as being on speed and easy..it does maintain a light feeling, a fast momentum and never lets the pacing drop so as to give the audience a chance to realize that it is as light as it is. A surprisingly fun movie!
Another scene that also provides a major highlight is one starring Improv Comedian Ian Roberts who plays Sparky a sharp tongued choreographer who abuses the girls verbally and hysterically.
"Cheerleaders are dancers...who have gone retarded." - Sparky (Ian Roberts).
As for the story, well, it is Rocky with Pom-poms, sure, that much is obvious...but again it is the light, fast pacing of the film that keeps it working and the audience watching.
Also some up and comers in the cast...not including Kirsten who has pretty much established herself as a solid talent but will likely jump to superstardom with the release of Spiderman. Eliza Dushku and Jesse Bradford caught here at just the right time...both are becoming more recognizable to the film going public and have several projects in the works. Bradford is the lead in the teen suspense action flick Clockstoppers and Eliza is in The New Guy and has a role in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.
Copyright© Written By: Rob Paul
Spotlight On Location: The Making Of Bring It On
Feature Commentary with Director Peyton Reed
Never-Before-Seen Home Movies of the Car Wash Scene
Wardrobe and Makeup Tests
Did You Know That? Universal's Animated Anecdotes: Watch the movie and learn about interesting and sometimes unbelievable facts.
Blaque "As If" Music Video
DVD-ROM Features Including Screen Saver And Cheer Quiz
Theatrical Trailer and More!
Widescreen 1.85:1 (Anamorphic)
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
ENGLISH: DTS 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1
The DVD Review:
Okay...I have a problem with a DVD release that hypes the fact that it has more footage/home movies of the car wash scene. That aside there is some stuff here worth your while.
The PC Friendly version which you can load up into your computer has some nice interactive menu work with trivia. Including info like Cameron Diaz, Halle Berry and Steve Martin all performed in the 'cheer trade' in one form or another...Steve Martin was a stunter in his college days.
It also features a screensaver you can download (I'm not a screensaver person so I avoided it...)as well as giving you a cast breakdown and some select photo's from the film. Also in the 'What's It All About' section you can select two cheers to listen too...surprisingly not the one I wanted to hear...which is again, that killer opening segment.
Spotlight on Location: The Making of Bring It On. A basic time waster of a documentary...some interesting bits on the training but mostly is a glamour piece about the film itself. If you have the time fine, but if you have to return the rental...skip this.
Deleted Scenes: Most of the scenes are inconsequential but a few ar einteresting stand outs. one being the S.A.T. Cheer which may not have fit in the film but wouldn't have really hurt it either. Another scene between Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Bradford would not have worked as the director admits, it would have destroyed part of the plot line. Another scene between Torrance and her parents dealing for applying to different schools was also good. All in all, ten deleted scenes which most were wisely shelved.
Extended Scenes: Worth checking out, especially the first scene which is a one shot steadicam shot running through the locker room. They also include two of the outtakes here, a flubbed line and another where the steadicam operator runs into the lockers.
Blaque: "As If" Music Video. Typical music video...I suppose if you are a fan this is a nice addition but the song kind of leaves me cold...
Wardrobe/Makeup - Tests: Quick little music montage of Eliza Dushku and Kirsten Dunst in their pre-production test footage.
Peyton Reed commentary: This guy comes off like somebody you could totally hang out with and be comfortable with. He has no pretensions and doesn't seem to be a jerk like some of the director who go on and on in a commentary about themselves.
He lets you know about some of the technical aspect of shooting, anecdotal stories including the original title of the film ('Cheer Fever?') as well as style choices including some Busby Berkely references (Some obvious, some not so much). Or letting the audience know that the school Torrance attends actually translates into Meat Ranch from Spanish, some funny worthwhile stuff here for those who are fans of commentary.
He includes talking about some Cheerleader Exploitation flicks that he watched to get some ideas and admits you can't shoot a flick like this without doing the cheerleader locker room sequence. I look forward to seeing more movies by this guy...especially as he is slated to direct The Fantastic Four film adaptation.
All in all a very loaded disc for a fun little flick. Four stars out of five for this disc!