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Bring It On Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    52

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    A strange mutant beast, half Nickelodeon movie, half R-rated comedy. It's like kids with potty-mouth playing grownup.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Susan Wloszczyna

    It could be worse.

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 13 & under

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.

  • 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?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: It's better to win on your own terms instead of cheating to win.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Most of the characters are two-dimensional representatives of typical high school cliquedom, but one of the characters, a new girl who's a gymnast-turned-cheerleader, is unafraid to be who she exactly who she is, and wants to succeed on her own terms.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: A cheerleader falls from a human pyramid and lands on her head, requiring a ambulance trip to the hospital on a stretcher. A cheerleader is shown covered in blood while her coach tells her how she did the routine wrong.

  • sex false2

    Sex: Sexual insinuations. In a cheerleading dream sequence, a character's top falls off and the entire school sees it. Cheerleaders are shown scantily clad in the locker room. A male cheerleader makes an oral sex gesture with his mouth and hand. While male cheerleaders raise female cheerleaders into the air, one of the male cheerleaders gets his fingers close enough to a female cheerleader's vagina to make her moan in barely concealed pleasure. A male cheerleader new to college is shown waking up in his dorm room with a girl in his bed.

  • language false2

    Language: Name-calling on the order of "slut," "whore," and "dick." Some profanity: "s--t," "ass," "bitchin." Homophobic slurs are thrown around: "fags," "dykes," one character asks others if someone else is "dykeadelic." Early in the film, a new student to a class is bullied by football players who cough out the word "loser" several times.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: During a cheerleading contest, different brands are featured prominently throughout the gymnasium: Jansport, VanCamp's, Marshall's, Visa.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not applicable

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