bring it on(2000)
director: peyton reed
kirsten dunst, eliza dushku, gabrielle union

. Midway through this story of cut-throat competition in the world of competitive cheerleading, the film delivers its visual payload. In need of money to pay for a choreographer, Kirsten Dunst’s high school cheerleading team holds a car wash to raise money. Cut to a sunny but shaky montage of much nubile young flesh in wet bikinis. 

The scene rushes by at delirious speed, as if it were a director's contractual obligation that had to be gotten over with. There’s no mistaking the demographic Bring it On is aimed at -- the lucrative 15-to-24 film market -- and the movie has just enough sophistication to appeal to this fickle group without pandering. In fact, at points you get the impression that small but striving attempts are being made to raise the standards a bit.

Set in an affluent San Diego high school, Bring It On is the story of a champion cheerleading squad led by Dunst, who realizes just before the big competition that all of her squad’s routines have been stolen from a black and latino East Compton school’s squad. Dunst’s Torrance -- a sweet, guileless girl who lives for cheerleading -- is (lightly) plunged into the greatest crisis of her life, and tries to “do the right thing”.

A decade ago, in a film called Heathers, Winona Ryder met a misfit new boy at her school and rebelled against the oppressive conformity. In this film, the rebel new boy and his nonconformist sister are brought on the cheerleading side by Dunst’s relentlessly sunny integrity. You can’t help but feel that, somewhere, somehow, things have changed in the teen world.