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Bring It On

comedy, sports


The Toro cheerleading squad has spirit, sass and a killer routine that's sure to land them the championship trophy. But the Toro'sstumble when they learn their routines were stolen from a hot hip-hop squad across town.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    64%
  • Audience Score
    66%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 13
Consumerism
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
1 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
1 out of 5

Smart, sassy movie, but expect raunchy humor, language.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Bring It On is best for older teens. Characters (cheerleaders in a high school, primarily) frequently swear, use vulgar hand gestures, and call each other names. Characters also use anti-gay slurs from time to time. This is a satire of high school life, but the satire might be lost on younger viewers. The film also touches on the issue of whites' appropriation of black culture.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how this high school movie compares with others. Is it similar to films that focus on sports competition? Or is the focus mostly on social interaction and romance?
  • How is the issue of race dealt with in Bring It On?
  • How does Torrance decide what is important to her and show determination and commitment?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    64%
    reviews counted: 27
    see all Bring It On reviews
  • Audience

    66%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: The fact that a bouncy teenage sports comedy can even gesture toward serious matters of race and economic inequality is pretty impressive, as is the occasional snarl of genuine satire.

- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Rotten: Needed more work on its vim and vigor.

- Bob Longino, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Fresh: This film stands out -- not as an original (its focus on fierce competition is nothing new), but as a well-executed story with likable characters and fresh flourishes.

- Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews

3 stars

I have to admit, I liked this film more than I expected. It's a vacuous piece of Californiana but it features an easily absorbed plot, some snappy one-liners and a racially-coded rivalry. Worth watching once - on TV. A decent enough teen movie that helps put a cap on that 90s So-Cal thing, I think I'd have liked it more if it had ended with a routine based on Punk Rock Lover Boy's musical tastes and not more of the same autotuned sugar pop that, unfortunately, was to prosper in that next decade...

- danperry17, Sunday, October 3, 2010

2 stars

i hate junk like this, but this movie entertained me

- sanjurosamurai, Monday, November 30, 2009

3 stars

Typical cheerleader movie.

- dreamfaeries, Saturday, August 22, 2009