OK wait, wait. I can explain. I can explain! Look, I know just from the title of this article that I have probably cost myself any further writing privileges on For a Few Movies More – not to mention having lost any future movie debates with my friends by default –
“Well I think the best picture is between eith-”
“Umm Eden didn’t you once say you loooove Bring It On?”
“I never said I lov- “
“Yeah I think we’ve heard enough.”
- But to plead my case (even though I have already pleaded guilty), I don’t see this so much as a pleasurable movie experience but for some reason I have had countless guilty experiences watching it.
It is always the same story: I am sitting at home with very little to do and television becomes my last resort for entertainment (i.e. I was bored and lazy so I turned on the TV) and Bring It On happens to be one of those movies that has regular TV appearances, and for some reason every time it comes on TV I fall under its cheerleading charm. Here’s how it would go:
Mid week: I see the ads promoting the upcoming Saturday Night at the Movies feature.
“Bring It On again? That was on like two weeks ago.”
Well three weeks ago. Last week was Shawshank Redemption and the week before was the Happy Gilmore/Billy Madison double feature.
Saturday night: I have just finished dinner and showered and get ready to go out. I watch a little TV, waiting to hear from a friend about some cool party we can go to. While waiting I decide to watch the start of Bring It On with no intention to see more than the first ad break.
30 minutes later: My phone still hasn’t rung. Laughed through the nose once or twice.
An hour into the movie: I decide to call someone but can’t get through. Amused and going along for the ride.
90 minutes: I get a call but everyone has already left and I have no car. I feel sorry for myself but secretly happy to have a night alone (like a one man date) and finish watching the thrilling finale. The white cheer team make their comeback with a great original routine and the black team still win but it’s OK cos they deserved it and Xander from Buffy (or someone who looks like him) hooks up with Kirsten Dunst and we all live happily ever after
I think the thing that makes this such a replayable movie is that it follows such a simple structure. It has love interest, hot girls, politically correct and empowering race issues, the hero who becomes an underdog, Spirit Fingers, cheesy sketch-like tryout scenes, rebel hot girl proving she can cheer and of course the awesome cheer scenes!!!
But yeah I don’t know where I’m going with this anymore – too much sarcasm disguising sincerity. I purposely built this article on digging a hole for myself and that’s not a great foundation (with lines like that I might one day get a chance to write Bring It On VII: Adrian’s Revenge). So I guess what I do like is Kirsten Dunst – something about her imperfect teeth, Eliza Dushku, there is some level of tongue in cheekiness that is appealing and basically just the simple cheesy plotline that won’t let me change the channel.
Guilty Dialogue: I don’t actually know any by heart (I could just be lying in a final ditch attempt to save face) but I’m sure at some point somebody actually says “Bring It On” which is cheesy in any movie let alone a cheerleading movie.
Guilty Moment: Eliza Dushku trying on all the different outfits in the change rooms and looking super fine. Know what I’m talking about, ay lads?
Sorry…just trying to prove my manliness. Also I think that was a different movie.
Guiltiest performance: Probably Kirsten Dunst. All American girl next door, rich, innocent daddy’s girl who doesn’t mean any harm. Makes mistakes but also learns from them. I bought it.
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