Bring It On

Bring It On movie poster
MPAA rating: PG-13
Genre: Comedy
Kirsten Dunst plays the head cheerleader at Rancho Carne (translation: meat ranch) High, gearing up for a big showdown with rival inner-city pep squad the Clovers.
Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Bradford, Gabrielle Union, Eliza Dushku, Claire Kramer
Director: Peyton Reed
Running time: 1:40
Release: Opened Aug 25, 2000

Editorial Review

Rita Kempley ,
Style Section:
"Hip-hip cliche."
  Yellow Light

Michael O' Sullivan ,
Weekend Section:
"Funny, refreshing and honest."
  Green Light

The Plot: When suburban California pep squad captain Torrance (Kirsten Dunst) discovers that her five-time national champion team's routines were unwittingly ripped off from the East Compton Clovers, a squad from inner-city L.A. led by Isis (Gabrielle Union), Torrance has to scramble to come up with a fresh set of killer moves in the weeks before the national finals. Against this beat-the-clock backdrop, our button-nosed heroine meets and begins to fall for cute Cliff (Jesse Bradford), an apathetic punk rocker who has the good taste to listen to the Clash, the Cramps and the Ramones.
As Torrance's unlikely ally in her quest for a sixth trophy, Cliff's equally disaffected sister Missy (Eliza Dushku) provides moral support and a healthy dose of cynicism about the ultimate meaninglessness of cheerleading in the cosmic balance book.
– Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post staff writer