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Bring It On: Fight to the Finish Review

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Iffy for 11+

Nothing new to rah-rah about, but cheer fans will watch it.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the fifth installment in the Bring It On cheerleading comedy franchise covers much the same territory as its predecessors, with the sexual content toned way down. There is some mild sexual innuendo, and some naming of body parts (tetas) in Spanish. Most of the sexual messages are served up along racial and class stereotypes: The East L.A. teens are sultry, street-wise vixens, while the squeaky-clean Malibu kids are either earnest naifs or elitist snobs. But there’s nothing overtly offensive, and movie’s central messages of friendship, loyalty, and dedication make it a palatable, if not original, diversion.

  • Families can talk about stereotypes. Are they ever accurate, and if so, does it matter? How can differences be overcome?
  • What do kids face when they move to a new school?
  • What makes a family? There are several “families” portrayed in this movie: Lina considers her friends sisters while she’s faced with a new stepfamily. Do you think that's typical?
  • How does Lina struggle with staying true to her roots while attempting to fit into her new world?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The movie shows that groups from very different ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds can band together for a common cause, as Lina combines her East L.A. cheer team with the Malibu Vista high school squad. Together they demonstrate that hard work and perseverance do pay off. Also, friendship and loyalty play a large role in the movie’s successes.

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    Role models: Though Lina can be hotheaded and impulsive, she is a hard worker and a kind, dedicated friend. Her friendships with her “cheer sisters,” as well as with her new stepsister Skyler, are caring and supportive.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Plenty of posturing and verbal abuse, but no actual fighting; one girl pushes another with her shoulder, pointing out, “I didn’t use my hands!”

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    Sex: There’s some kissing, and sexual innuendo abounds, but there’s nothing explicit; one character, discussing his love for his car, says “At least she lets me get under the hood.” Spanish is used for some body parts: Lina suggests that her new stepdad was attracted to her mom’s tetas. Plenty of skimpy outfits with bare midriffs and booty shorts, but it is a cheerleading movie.

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    Language: While there’s very little actual profanity (one girl says “I speak bitch too!"), there are rude finger gestures and plenty of mildly offensive trash-talk, much of it racially tinged, like calling a Latina girl “jalapeno” or “Dora the Explorer.”