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Bring It On

Theatrical poster
Directed by Peyton Reed
Produced by Marc Abraham
Thomas Bliss
Written by Jessica Bendinger
Starring Kirsten Dunst
Eliza Dushku
Jesse Bradford
Gabrielle Union
Music by Christophe Beck
Cinematography Shawn Maurer
Editing by Larry Bock
Distributed by Universal Studios
Beacon Pictures
Release date(s) August 25, 2000
Running time 98 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $10,000,000
Gross revenue $90,449,929
Followed by Bring It On Again

Bring It On is a 2000 film about two competing high school cheerleading squads, starring Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku, Jesse Bradford, and Gabrielle Union. It was directed by Peyton Reed and written by Jessica Bendinger.

The film was followed by four direct-to-video sequels (none of which contain any of the original cast members), 2004's Bring It On Again (which only shared producers with the original), 2006's Bring It On: All or Nothing, 2007's Bring It On: In It to Win It and 2009's Bring It On: Fight to the Finish.



At the beginning of the film, Torrance Shipman is starting her senior year of high school. Her boyfriend Aaron has left for college, and her cheerleading squad "The Toros" are aiming for their sixth consecutive national championship title. The team captain, "Big Red", is graduating and Torrance is elected to take her place. Shortly after her election, however, a team member, Carver, is injured and can no longer compete. Torrance replaces her with Missy Pantone, a talented gymnast who recently transferred to the school with her brother, Cliff. Torrance and Cliff quickly develop a flirtatious friendship, although Cliff is unaware that Torrance has a boyfriend.

While watching the Toros practice, Missy recognizes the routines and realizes the Toros have copied them from a rival team of her previous high school. Missy drives Torrance to East Compton area of Los Angeles, where they watch the predominantly African-American East Compton Clovers cheerleading team perform identical routines to the Toros'. Isis, the Clovers' team captain, notices the two Toros and angrily confronts them. Torrance learns that "Big Red" regularly attended the Clovers' practices and videotaped their routines. Isis informs Torrance of her plans to defeat the Toros at the regional and national championships, which the Clovers have never attended due to their economic hardship.

When Torrance tells the Toros their routines are stolen, the team votes in favor of using the copied routines to win the regional championship. Torrance agrees reluctantly, knowing that rushing to create an original routine could sacrifice their victory. However, at their next home game, four members of the Clovers team show up and humiliate them in front of the whole school by performing their own routine. The Toros realize they have no choice but to learn a different routine and in desperation they employ a professional choreographer. However, once at Regionals they are disgraced when the team before them performs the same exact routine. After the debacle, Torrance speaks to a competition official and is told their routine was given to several other teams in California. As the defending champions, the Toros are nevertheless granted their place at Finals, but Torrance is warned that a brand new routine will be expected.

Torrance is crushed by her failure to lead the team successfully, and considers giving up cheerleading. Cliff encourages and supports Torrance, intensifying their growing attraction. Torrance's boyfriend, however, suggests that she isn't "leadership material" and recommends that she step down from her position. When Cliff sees Torrance and Aaron together, he is hurt and angry, and severs his friendship with Torrance. Although distressed, Torrance's confidence is renewed by Cliff's encouragement, and she convinces her unhappy team to create an innovative new routine instead. She breaks up with Aaron, realizing he is both non-supportive and unfaithful, but Cliff does not forgive her.

In finals, her team gets 2nd place, while the Clovers win. However, Torrance feels no resentment, and she and Isis become friends. The movie ends with a kiss between Cliff and Torrance.



The movie included a short glimpse of actual national champions Bishop Blanchet High School Saints (from Seattle) in the scenes at the regional competition and at the nationals.


The movie was filmed at locations around Seattle, Lynnwood.[1] The field shots were filmed at Torrey Pines High School, in the Carmel Valley area of San Diego. The East Lynnwood High School gym scenes were filmed at Kearny High School and the Rancho Carne High School gym scenes were filmed at Academy of Our Lady of Peace. The locker room and scoreboard scenes were shot at Mt. Carmel High School. The exterior shots of Rancho Carne High School were mainly filmed at San Diego State University. The stands and field at the Toros game was shot at Eastlake High School. The NCA's were shot in Oceanside, California next to the pier. The Cheer Camp was shot at UCSD's Sierra Summit cafeteria.[citation needed]


The film earned $17,362,105 in 2,380 theaters in its opening weekend, ranking #1 at the North American box office. Although it had an 18% decline in gross earnings the week after, it earned enough to stay at the top position for another week. The film went on to gross $68,379,000 in the United States and Canada and an additional $22,070,929 in other countries for a total gross of $90,449,929.

This movie ranked number 30 on Entertainment Weekly's list of the 50 Best High School Movies.[2]

The film Fired Up features a scene where the kids at the cheerleading camp watch a screening of Bring It On and speak the dialogue verbatim as it's being said on screen, a humorous allusion to the movie's "cult status" among cheerleaders.


Bring It On has so far spawned a total of four direct-to-video sequels: Bring It On Again in 2004, Bring It On: All or Nothing in 2006, Bring It On: In It to Win It in 2007 and Bring It On: Fight to the Finish in 2009.

The only sequel to feature any of the original cast or crew from Bring It On was 2004's Bring It On Again, which shared the film's same producers. These producers did not return for the subsequent sequels, and none of the films share recurring cast members. Original star Eliza Dushku has even been quoted in interviews as never even having been invited to participate in the sequels. Steve Rash also directed two of the sequels. Otherwise, none of the films in the Bring It On franchise share any personnel whatsoever.

The four films that follow Bring It On share only tenuous links with one another. The plot of each film pretty typically follows that of the one originally laid out in the first film of competing cheerleading teams who have to change routines or other elements they had grown accustomed to in order to win. Bring It On Again and Bring It On: All or Nothing also stylistically referenced the original film in that all three featured outtakes and the cast having fun singing and dancing during the end credit sequence. Bring It On: All or Nothing also referenced the original film by opening with the main character's musical dream sequence.

Though popular with critics, including Roger Ebert who called it the Citizen Kane of cheerleading movies, it was not at the time considered a serious film by critics or audiences. Several of cast members from the Bring It On film franchise have gone on to greater fame or notoriety. Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku, Gabrielle Union, Jesse Bradford, Clare Kramer, Lindsay Sloane and several others from the original film were already notable film and television actors or have grown into such roles since their participation in the original film. Bethany Joy Galeotti and Hayden Panettiere, who appeared in Bring It On 2: Bring It Onger and Bring It On: All or Nothing, also went on to find sizable television audiences due to their roles on the television program's One Tree Hill and Heroes, respectively. Galeotti also appeared with Michael Copon (who co-starred in Bring It On: In It to Win It) during One Tree Hill's second season. Noteworthy R&B singer and film actress Christina Milian also appears as the main character in Bring It On: Fight to the Finish.

Outside of the United States, American-style cheerleading is sometimes referred to as Bring It On-style cheerleading.[3]


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From Wikiquote

Bring It On is a 2000 comedy film about the world of competetive cheerleading. It follows a girl's first year as cheer captain and the "tragedies" she faces when she discovers their competition-winning cheers were stolen by the previous captain.

Directed by Peyton Reed. Screenplay by Jessica Bendinger.
Winning isn't Everything -- It's the Only Thing taglines



  • I hate to be predictable, but I don't give a shit!
  • This isn't about cheating, this is about winning! Everyone in favor of winning?
  • Let's not put the "duh" in "dumb".


[Opening scene: A pep-rally style cheerleading performance.]
Big Red: I'm sexy! I'm cute! I'm popular to boot!
I'm bitchin'. Great hair, the boys all love to stare. I'm wanted, I'm hot, I'm everything you're not. I'm pretty, I'm cool. I dominate this school. Who am I? Just guess. Guys wanna touch my chest. I'm rockin, I smile, and many think I'm vile. I'm flying, I jump. You can look but don't you hump! Whoo!
I'm major! I roar! I swear I'm not a whore!
We cheer, and we lead, we act like we're on speed! Hate us 'cause we're beautiful, well we don't like you either! We're cheerleaders! We are cheerleaders! Roll call!
Big Red: Call me Big Red!
Whitney: I'm Wh-Wh-Whitney
Courtney: C-C-C-Courtney! Roar!
Darcy: Dude, it's Darcy!
Carver: I'm big bad Carver! Yeah!
Kasey: Just call me Kasey!
Big Red: I'm still Big Red. I sizzle! I scorch! But now I pass the torch! The ballots, are in! And one girl had to win. She's perky, she's fun! And now she's number 1! K-kick it Torrance! T-T-T-Torrance!
Torrance: I'm strong and I'm loud! I'm gonna make you proud! I'm T-T-Torrance! Your captain Torrance!
Toros Cheer Squad: Let's go, Toros! We are the Toros! The mighty, mighty Toros! We're so terrific! WE MUST BE TOROS!

Complaining Girl: How many cheers do we actually have to memorize? Do we get paid for this? Do I have to provide my own uniform? [after a few more people] Oh, and I see you guys are wearing red. That just does not work for me. [after a few more people] Do I really have to wear those little underwear things,'cause I don't like wearing underwear.
Torrance: Thanks.
Whitney: She puts the "itch" in "bitch."
Courtney: She puts the "whore" in "horrifying."

[Torrance's mom disapproves of her light class schedule.]
Torrance: Will Advanced Chem get you off my back?
Christine Shipman [Torrance's mom]: Not completely, but it'll help.
Torrance: Done. [starts to leave, then turns back] You know, mothers have killed to get their daughters on squads.
Christine Shipman: That mother didn't kill anybody. She hired a hit man.

Les: You know, people are saying that your ambition broke Carver's leg.
Torrance: When really it was the angle at which she slammed into the ground.

Torrance: Courtney, this isn't a democracy, it's a cheer-ocracy. I'm sorry, I'm overruling you.
Courtney: You are being a cheer-tator, Torrance, and a pain in my ass!

Torrance: They humiliated us — on our own turf!
Missy: [sarcastically] We might have to have a rumble!

Torrance: What the hell is up? I go out on a limb for you and you just bail?!
Missy: I'm not about stealing here!
Torrance: What are you talking about?
Missy: You ripped off those cheers!
Torrance: Listen Missy, our cheers are 100% original, count the trophies.
Missy: Well, your trophies are bullshit because you're sad-ass liars.
Torrance: Okay, that's it. Get off the car I'm gonna kick your ass!
Missy: Oh really, [pauses for a second]. You're in for rude awakening, get in.
Torrance: What?! No way.
Missy: For real, get in.

[An increasingly frantic Torrance tries to reach her boyfriend at college, while her kid brother plays video games and enjoys her suffering.]
Torrance: Get OUT of here!
Justin: This is the living room. It's public domain.
Justin: It's not my fault you're in love with a big gay cheerleader who won't return your phone calls.
Torrance: Aaaron is not gay!
Justin: Oh, what — so somebody just made him become a cheerleader?
Torrance: He's just... busy!
Justin: Yeah. Busy scamming on guys!

[Torrance goes to the apartment of her boyfriend Aaron]
Torrance: Is this a bad time?
Aaron: Yeah I worked on this project... and I'm....
Torrance: [butting in] Yeah you sound super busy.. I guess that's it, you were too busy to believe in me! No no but wait, you weren't too busy to sell me out to Courtney and Whitney were you? I'm confused. Well, I hope you're not too busy to hear this. Kiss my ass Aaron. It's over!
[Torrance opens the door and found a woman in lingerie on Aaron's bed.]
Torrance: You're a great cheerleader Aaron. It's just that maybe you're not exactly boyfriend material. Buh-bye!

Sparky Polastri: I am a choreographer. It's what I do. You are cheerleaders. Cheerleaders are dancers who have gone retarded. What you do is a tiny, pathetic subset of dancing. I will attempt to transform your stiff, robotic routines into poetry written with the human body. Follow me or perish, sweater-monkeys.

Sparky: I want you to think of what you ate today. Got it? Now cut that in half. This is called a diet, people, everyone start one today! Darcy, you should stop eating. You see, when you skip a meal, your body feeds off its fat stores. And if you skip enough, maybe your body will eat your ass!
Courtney: Why does everyone have to go on a diet?
Sparky: Because! In cheerleading we throw people into the air. And fat people don't go as high.

[Torrance is spotted making eyes at Cliff Pantone while cheering.]
Whitney: You're, like, totally his eye-candy.
Courtney: God, I can't believe you'd do that to Aaron.
Whitney: Especially with him.
Torrance: What are you talking about?
Whitney: Don't play dumb with us. We're better at it than you.
Courtney: You were having cheer-sex with him.

Jan: Everyone comes to see you ladies anyway.
Missy: 'Cause we're such fine athletes.
Jan: Oh, live with it! You'll be fighting off major oglers while we're defending our sexuality.
Missy: What is your sexuality?
Les: Well, Jan's straight, while I'm... controversial.
Missy Are you trying to tell me you speak fag?
Les: Oh, fluently.

[Cliff's sister is washing cars in a bikini.]
Cliff: What are you doing?
Missy: Making money from guys oogling my goodies.
Cliff: Oh... oh, I didn't need to hear that. That was an overshare.
[Missy has called Torrance over.]
Missy: [to Cliff] Let's just get this over with. [to Torrance] My brother wants to check out your rack.
[Missy walks away; there's a moment of awkward silence.]
Cliff: You know, I begged my parents for a brother.
Torrance: He'd look a little ridiculous in that bikini, now wouldn't he?

Darcy: Remember, they give extra points for alacrity and effulgence.
Kasey: Did we… bring those?

Missy: I don't know what's scarier: neurotic cheerleaders, or the pressure to win. I could make a killing selling something like "Diet Prozac".

Missy: Forget Cliff. He's an idiot.
Torrance: He's your brother. You don't see him the way I do.
Missy: Yeah, and that's a good thing. 'Cause that would be a crime.


  • Winning isn't Everything -- It's the Only Thing
  • May the best moves win.
  • A Comedy About The Crazy Things Girls Do To Be On Top
  • One, Two, Three, CHEER!


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