Monday, July 16, 2012

Movie Monday: Bring It On




So the other day on Facebook, Gina's status said "When somebody says, "Brrrr... It's cold in here..." you respond with...?", and I immediately knew there was only one thing I could watch for Movie Monday this week. Honestly, I'm surprised I made it this far without covering it, because I love the crap out of this movie.

I think it's the fact that cheerleading isn't a thing in Australia. Sure, rugby league has cheerleaders. But who watches rugby league?! *shudder* Anyway, schools here don't have cheerleaders, and neither do the major sports. When my brother's girlfriend joined a cheer squad last year, I think we all had the same reaction - "But...what do you cheer FOR??". So yeah. Cheerleaders: not big in Australia.

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Reasons why Bring It On is awesome:
1. Eliza Dushku. I'm a huge fan of Faith Lehare, so it's not a big surprise that Eliza Dushku tops the list of reasons I love this movie (I mean, Faith was batshit crazy, but she was awesome). Especially as there are a bunch of moments throughout that are pure Faith. 
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2. The opening cheer. AMAZING.
3. The loser sneeze scene.
4. How everyone secretly hates Aaron. "Please, stay in your vehicle." I don't blame them. He's like a giant walking Ken doll.
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5. Big Red. And to think, she's Valerie from Sabrina...
6. Jesse Bradford as Cliff.
7. Les and Jan. I don't think there's a single moment in which they're not hilarious.
8. Claire Kramer as Courtney. I'm pretty sure that's what got her cast as Glory in season 5 of Buffy
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9. The try outs. LOL FOREVER.
10. Sparky...
11. The final cheer at Nationals. 
12. The Clovers. They're fantastic.
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13. Cliff playing the guitar. Hilarity.
14. The song Cliff writes for Torrance.
15. SPIRIT FINGERS!!!
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16. Courtney getting in a fight with a tiny little kid. Amazing.
17. Gabrielle Union. She's kind of a badass.
18. Kirsten Dunst. She's nowhere near the top of my "favourite things about Bring It On" list, but she's still pretty great.
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19. The teams that don't make it at Nationals - the girl who throws up everywhere, the one who loses a tooth. Gross, but pretty hilarious. 
20. The hilarious relationship between Cliff and Missy.
21. The "Mickey" routine in the credits.
22. Uh, it's apparently now a Broadway musical...

- "You know, mothers have killed to get their daughters on squads." "That mother didn't kill anyone, she hired a hitman."
- "[cheers] I transferred from Los Angeles, your school has no gymnastics team, this is a last resort."
- "Hey, perv." "Gaaaaaaah!!!" "Hand over your fifteen bucks or get out of here." "What are you doing???" - "Making money from guys oogling my goodies." "Awwww, I didn't need to hear that. That was an over-share."
- "Why does everyone have to go on a diet?" "Because in cheerleading, we throw people into the air. And fat people don't go as high."
- "You're a great cheerleader, Aaron. And you're cute as hell. But maybe you're just not "boyfriend" material. Buh-bye."
- "Courtney, this is not a democracy, it's a cheer-ocracy. I'm sorry, but I'm overruling you." "You are being a cheer-tator, Torrence, and a pain in my ass!"
- "Can we just beat these Buffys down so I can go home? I'm on curfew, girl."
- "If we're gonna be the best, we have to have the best. Missy's the poo, so take a big whiff."
- "He's your brother, you don't see him the way I do." "And that's a good thing, because that would be a crime."
- "I understand you have underwear up your ass right now, but it beats the hell out of a shattered skull. Think about it."
- "I don't know what's scarier, neurotic cheerleaders or the pressure to win. I could make a killing selling something like Diet Prozac..."
- "I am a choreographer. That's what I do. You are cheerleaders. Cheerleaders are dancers who have gone retarded. What you do is a tiny pathetic subset of dancing. I will attempt to turn your robotic routines into poetry, written with the human body. Follow me or perish, sweater monkeys."
- "You're having cheer sex with him!"
- "Screw this. I did NOT sign on for spirit fingers!"
- "Remember, they give extra points for alacrity and effulgence." "Did we bring those??" 
- "Thank God you're here this season, Missy. I couldn't have done it alone." "Awww, tear..."
- "Shut up!! You don't have it yet, you don't have it! Give it up already!!" (Such a Faith moment.)
- "I'm sexy, I'm cute, I'm popular to boot/ I'm bitchin', great hair, the boys all love to stare/ I'm wanted, I'm hot, I'm everything you're not/ I'm pretty, I'm cool, I dominate this school/ Who am I? Just guess! Guys wanna touch my chest/ I'm rockin', I smile, and many think I'm vile/ I'm flyin', I jump, you can look but don't you hump, whoo!/ I'm major, I roar, I swear I'm not a whore/ We cheer and we lead, we act like we're on speed/ Hate us 'cause we're beautiful, well we don't like you either, we're cheerleaders, we are cheerleaders."

Let's all just pretend the sequels didn't happen, 'kay? Did your high school have cheerleaders? If yes, can you explain their existence to me? Because I just don't get it... Also, who wants to go and see the Bring It On MUSICAL with me??

K xx

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  1. No my high school did not have cheerleaders - but my college did. And if you know me you know I went to all women's university...what the hell were they cheering? This remains one of my biggest questions about that institution.

    What I love about this movie, besides everything, is that it is not Stick It. Stick It tried so hard to be Bring It On. and it failed. Badly.

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    1. Was Stick It that gymnastics movie that came out last year or something?!?!

      And that is...confusing. Were they not cheering your university's sporting teams? Or was it a competitive cheer squad? Or none of the above??

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  2. This movie IS my only memory of year 10 (maybe it was year 9). Our dance teachers decided to try and create cheerleaders, which failed because most of the dancers weren't that great of dancers anyway and we had no gymnasts whatsoever.

    I don't think any of the girls spoke that year, we just repeated all the lines from this movie.

    I have noticed a few places around where I live that are dedicated to teaching Cheerleading...and they look like the real deal - but I have also seen the girls cheering at rugby games and that is just one pile of mess with pompoms.

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    1. "one pile of mess with pompoms" <-- this is a FANTASTIC description of my thoughts on cheerleading.

      I'm pretty sure that the year this came out, every house in our school tried to include a cheerleading element in the house dance competition...

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  3. I wish I could explain their existence, but I'm still wondering the same thing myself.

    And YES. To everything on this list. (As a side note, I feel like I always say that to your Movie Monday posts.)

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    1. I'm totally okay with you saying that on all my posts. I like it when people like the same things about a movie that I do!!

      And I'm sad that you can't explain them. Because I literally have no explanations for the existence of cheerleaders.

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    2. Honestly? They drive me bonkers. Also, you can always tell the adults who were cheerleaders in high school. That's pretty annoying as well.

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  4. I now I have to go to the gym with " Awesome, oh wow! Like, totally freak me out! I mean, right on! The Toros sure are number one!" stuck in my head...*groan*

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    1. If it makes you feel any better, I've spent the better part of 36 hours with "I'm sexy, I'm cute, I'm popular to boot" stuck in my head...

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  5. Fun fact: Sparky Polastri's real life brother was my high school Spanish teacher. Sadly this was before the movie had come out, so I couldn't take advantage of that situation.

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    1. That is both amazing and devastating. At least it's an interesting claim to fame???

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  6. I really, really luuuuurrrrrve me some Bring it On. Have it on DVD, seen it multiple times, blah blah blah.

    And I really, really want (nay, NEED) to learn the "I'm sexy, I'm cute, I'm popular to boot!" cheer from the beginning of the movie...I know it in patches and patches are just NOT good enough, dammit!

    :P

    The movie is so ridiculously quotable...from Sparky to Missy (I was just about to call her Faith...she is sooooo not a Missy, btw!) to badass Gabrielle Union (I agree, she IS kind of a badass in this)...

    Plus, being that I'm a dancer at heart it always, without fail, gets me in the mood for dancing. That, and Center Stage...OMG, you have to do Center Stage too!! (It feels weird writing center and not centre...damn you, American spelling! ::pumps fist:: Tee hee...I kid, I kid.)

    XOXO

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    1. YES. I LOVE THE CRAP OUT OF CENTRE STAGE (I'm incapable of spelling it the American way). I definitely need to cover it at some point.

      And I know the beginning and the end of the "I'm sexy, I'm cute" cheer, but the middle descendings into a giant mass of "I don't know which order these bits go in"...

      (BTW, you'll want to check out my latest post!!)
      xx

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  7. I honestly cannot comprehend a world without cheerleaders. I wasn't one or anything, but they're kind of omnipresent in American culture, so trying to explain them is like trying to explain cheeseburgers.

    They just are.

    Also.

    This is one of my favorite movies of ever. However, I think the biggest disappointment of my entire life was that they did not cheer/dance to a punk song at the end. What was the point of Torrence listening to the mix tape Cliff gave her? It should have provided the soundtrack for their final routine, making them more awesome than ever.

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    1. I guess I should explain our lack of cheerleaders in high schools by saying that all interschool sport takes place after school M-Th or on Saturday mornings. The only people who attend are the people playing, and possibly their parents.

      Cricket is traditionally a "gentleman's sport", so the presence of scantily dressed women would be frowned upon. One can't concentrate upon one's tea in the presence of such strumpets! And football is actually entertaining, and not filled with "strategic timeouts", so doesn't warrant them.

      So yeah. I still don't understand their purpose, because the idea of attending interschool sporting events is completely bizarre to me.

      And YES. That would have been amazing.

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  8. MEMEMEMEMEMEMEMEME!!! I'll see it with you!

    That movie is up there with 10 Things I Hate About You, which for me was THE high school movie. That, and American Pie.

    (And yes, I have always secretly wanted to be a cheerleader... but my unco-ness alone probably prohibits it!)

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    1. I can never decide whether this, 10 Things, or She's All That is my favourite high school movie.

      I looked up the musical, and it turns out that it's a musical LOOSELY based on the movie. Not nearly as exciting...

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  9. I quite like this movie!

    What I didn't know, until TV3 enlightened me recently, is that there are approximately 642 sequels. Each worse than the last.

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    1. They really really are. This is what happens when a sequel is created with absolutely no involvement from anyone in the creative team/cast from the original...

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  10. I once thought I couldn't imagine a world without cheerleaders, and now I don't even know why they exist aside to MAKE A LOT OF NOISE, MAKE A LOT OF RHYMES, and then flash their ridiculous bodies at football/basketball games.

    I love Bring It On, though. I wish the sequels would all get shoved into a hole a set aflame. ):

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    1. Do you prefer the cheerleader-less world of Australia??? And yes. I do not understand them at all. Perhaps they serve to distract people from how enormously boring American football is???

      Cosign on the shoving the sequels into a hole filled with flames.

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  11. Love the movie even though I haven't seen it in years. The first time watching it was at a birthday party of my then best friend.

    Didn't know there existed like a million sequels but I might not have missed anything there at all.

    It's so sad though that none of my friends understand the joke when I reference the jazz hands. How can they not know Bring it on?

    Cheerleaders are also not that common in Germany. But even my town has one now as we also have a football team and those two things seem to coexist. I only saw the cheerleaders once and they were sooooo bad, nothing in comparison so what I know from movies.

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    1. If the cheerleaders do all kinds of gymnastics tricks, then I can at least appreciate that they're athletes. But when they just stand around in tiny skirts clapping their hands? No. Pointless and should not exist.

      And do NOT bother watching the sequels. They are nothing but horrifically awful.

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    2. That's what I thought too, if they at least resemble athletes it's ok but if they're just trying some dancing and clapping in very short skirts? Then it's rubbish.

      Don't worry, I was not planning to.

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  12. omg! 2 things that i keep repeting constantly (loser like me): brr it's cold in here, there must be some Toros in the atmosphere. And, SPIRIT FINGERS! All the time.

    Btw, this one: I'm sexy, I'm cute, I'm popular to boot/ I'm bitchin', great hair, the boys all love to stare/ I'm wanted, I'm hot, I'm everything you're not/ I'm pretty, I'm cool, I dominate this school ... I can't believe I can still recite (despite the fact that I haven't seen the movie in a while).

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    1. I actually used "SPIRIT FINGERS!!!!" in conversation today. So you're not the only one :)

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  13. hah i still can't help but watch this when i come across it on tv! love it! we had like a 5 person cheerleading squad at our school and me and my friend joined for a little bit...why i have no clue! hahah we dropped out after like a week ahahha

    -Jessica
    http://runninginsideus.blogspot.com

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    1. Even though I own it on DVD, I'm incapable of changing the channel if I find it on TV. That's how much I love it.

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  14. I was so obsessed with this movie in my early 20s that I actually started a cheer squad. Oh Cliff.

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  15. Oh gosh, this movie is Year Ten (or Nine?) defined for me. We were obsessed with it. Thank you for reminding me of its existence, I plan to watch it with wine and girlfriends this Saturday night! x

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    1. I could probably watch this movie every week for a year and never get sick of it. That's how much I love it.

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  16. My school had cheerleaders. They were there for the football team in the fall and the basketball team in the winter. I was in Color Guard, so it gave me something interesting to watch when I had to attend the football games. (What, you thought I was going to watch the game?)

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    1. What in the heck is Colour Guard?? Coming from a country that doesn't have cheerleaders or related things, it sounds like something that comes in a shampoo for dyed hair...........

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  17. I feel like I watched the movie without actually watching it. Wonderful.

    I won't admit to singing the cheer in my office though. Or than two men joined in with me.

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  18. I love this movie. It's wonderful.

    Also...I was going to tell you as soon as I saw this in my GReader that it's going to be a musical. But apparently you already knew that. But yea...the choreography's supposed to be super legit, which makes sense because they're throwing people up in the air and all that jazz.

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    1. Wow, that's impressive!! Although I was kind of sad when I looked at the Wikipedia page for the musical and it said that it's "loosely based" on the movie.

      Although having watched the trailer on the official website, I really hope it tours to Melbourne so that I can see it!!

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