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Bring it On
DVD disk
10.08.2004 By: Dr. Drew
Bring it On order
Director:
Peyton Reed

Actors:
Kirsten Dunts
Eliza Dushku
Jesse Bradford

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
have to take my hat off to MTV Films for somehow turning around their entire movie making operation. These were the guys who brought numerable disasters to the big screen, such as JOEíS APARTMENT (starring Mr. Jerry OíConnell), building a somewhat "lackluster" reputation early on. But sometime last year, they managed to finally snag a huge hit with this flick, which raked in big numbers at the box office. They followed that success up this year with SAVE THE LAST DANCE, another teen vehicle which surprised both critics and moviegoers. Bring It Onís DVD release is one of the biggest surprises of the year, for plenty of reasonsÖread on.

A ditzy blonde (Kirsten Dunst) recently becomes captain of her high schoolís cheerleading team, thinking sheíll be the head of a squad which will once again bring home the national championship. She quickly discovers that the teamís moves and routines were ripped off by the previous captain from a talented group of cheerleaders in a rival school across the state. As the championships approach, she must figure out a way to put together a new routine in order to compete in the finals.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I ainít gonna lie to you, when I first saw the trailer for this movie last year, I thought to myself: "Why do they keep releasing such God awful pieces of crap?". With that being said, whoever put together the preview should be given the pink slip and put out of their misery because this one was an entertaining little romp from start to finish. Filled with funny moments, nice choreography (although I know nothing about cheerleading) and just the right touches of romance, I can completely understand why this movie did so well at the box office. While watching it though, I couldnít help but think that the writers basically took the characters from CLUELESS and transplanted them into a cheerleading movie, but it worked fine for me.

Kirsten Dunst does a solid job in the lead role, playing the quirky airhead captain of the team. But forget her for a second, where did Eliza Dushku come from and why hasnít she been in more flicks? Looking like a younger (and hotter) version of Alyssa Milano, she completely stole the movie as the talented outsider who reluctantly joins the squad. Itís a movie which succeeds in appealing to both sexes as guys will love the dancing hotties while girls will dig the "follow your dreams" message of the cheerleading competitions. While Bring It Onís plot and ending are ridiculously predictable, go ahead and check it out anyway, you wonít be disappointed.
THE EXTRAS
This disc is loaded with all kinds of worthy extras. First up are 8 deleted scenes which are run consecutively with introductions from director Reed before each clip. While the scenes arenít exactly crucial to the plot, they are worth watching to catch little nuances which were eventually cut out. Three short extended scenes, which provided added dialogue, are also thrown in for good measure. "Spotlight on Location" is a 15-minute behind the scenes look at how many of the cheerleading scenes were choreographed and includes plenty of interviews with cast and crew. Itís not your typical "fluffy" making of featurette and surprisingly had lots of interesting information.

The best feature on the disc is "Did You Know That? Universalís Animated Anecdotes", which is basically a variation of VH1ís Pop Up Video. As you watch the movie, this option will produce small little bubbles of information on screen about the movie, the scene or cool facts about cheerleading. When running this option with the directorís commentary, youíre treated to craploads of behind the scenes info. Fans of the film will distinctly remember the infamous car wash scene and well, the DVD doesnít disappoint. It includes an extra 2-minutes of footage, shot in Hi-8 handycam style, of the girls getting down and dirty. In the cheerleading tradition, allow me to be the first to say "Hip Hip Hooray, Everyone Loves Some Hot T and A!" Sure itís a tease, but a good one nonetheless. We also get a short 90-second "Make Up Test" which basically has Dunst and Dushku prancing around in different outfits. Gratuitous yes, but bad? Hell no! Girl group Blaque, who also star in the film, have their video for "As If" round out the extras. Menus arenít animated but do feature sound.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
The DVD market has been pretty quiet of late and this one was one hell of a nice surprise. While the movie may not be Oscar worthy, the extras and A/V certainly are. Given what the trailer seemed to offer, I was completely shocked at how entertaining and funny the movie turned out to be. With that kind of value and content, this movie rightfully deserves a purchase and is easily worthy of your cold hard cash.
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