Bring it On (SE)/C+,A-
Universal/2000/99/ANA 1.85

     Wait long enough and Hollywood will surely dig the very last nugget from their treasure trove of ideas. Wait long enough, and they get to the bottom. With a number of beauty pageant flicks in recent years, why not a look at the world of competitive cheer leading. Bring it On is the answer to audiences starving for some insight into the world of shake it break it, go for the spirit wand cheer leading.

The girls bring it. ŠUniversal

    The plastic girls and boys of Rancho Carne High are led by blonde and innocent Torrence. Newcomer Missy joins the cheer leading squad to add a bit of urban angst. When Torrence discovers that her five time national championship team has actually been stealing routines from an inner city black cheerleading squad, she digs deep to into her scanty cheer outfit to find integrity. The ensuing conflict and competitions are the heart of the movie. Don't look for much originality in the production. Even the montage scenes are run of the mill and not very funny.
    Kirsten Dunst invests Torrence with pure nubile cheer leading energy. Dunst is quite funny, coyly exploring the moves and poses of a young girl discovering herself. Happily, Dunst is charming. The film depends on that charm to offset the light weight material and easy to poke fun out characters. Elisha Dushku's Missy is around to supply some contrast to the everlasting blondeness of the girls and too white smile of the guys. Jesse Bradford, playing Missy's brother Cliff is a pretty boring character and provides very little to the film.
    Peyton Reed's direction is energetic. The camera even seems like it went to cheer leading school. Reed fills the screen with scanty cheer outfits and idiotically rousing cheers.
    The cheer leaders are captured in the all the right poses through a sharp prurient lens. This special edition DVD is consistently colorful with rich saturation. Fleshtones are nicely varied. You can even discern a slight unevenness in the coloration of Kirsten Dunst's teeth. The bright transfer is sharp with fine depth of detail. Some slight edge enhancement appears in a couple of scenes, but you have to squint to catch it. Universal delivers the DVD with a choice of Dolby Digital 5:1 or DTS. I found the dialogue slightly muffled on the DTS tracks. Dolby cleared up the problem. It's a pumped up recording with good bass thwumps adding to the acrobatics of the cheer folks.
    Peyton Reed provides special edition audio commentary that is very humorous. Man, these kids went through four weeks of grueling eight hour a day cheer leading camp.  I like Reed's knowledge of film vocabulary. Deleted and extended scenes,  a short home movie rendition of the car wash sequence, a making of, wardrobe and make-up tests and a music video add to the thorough special edition DVD.



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