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Fired Up!

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Will Gluck
Produced by Will Gluck
Matthew Gross
Paddy Cullen
Written by Freedom Jones
Starring Sarah Roemer
Nicholas D'Agosto
Eric Christian Olsen
David Walton
AnnaLynne McCord
Music by Richard Gibbs
Cinematography Thomas E. Ackerman
Editing by Tracey Wadmore-Smith
Distributed by Screen Gems
Release date(s) February 20, 2009
Running time Theatrical cut
89 min.
Unrated cut
90 min.
Country United States
Language English language
Budget $23 million
Gross revenue $18,001,045

Fired Up! is a 2009 American comedy film. The main plot follows two high school football players who decide to become cheerleaders in order to be around female cheerleaders.

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Plot

The movie opens with the two main characters, Shawn (Nicholas D'Agosto) and Nick (Eric Christian Olsen) making out with two girls and giving each a line that it is their first time with a girl. Minutes later they are chased off by the girls' fathers who arrived back from working out. The movie then shifts to Nick and Shawn playing a spring football game at their high school, checking out all of the girls they will make their moves on next but are distracted by the female cheerleaders who are not very good. Later that night Nick and Shawn go to a bonfire party where they overhear the cheerleaders talking about an upcoming three week cheer camp, which supposedly will be attended by over 300 girls. The boys think is the perfect opportunity to get some fresh girls so they decide to go. The conflict is that football camp overlaps with the first two two weeks of cheer camp and they wish to attend the football camp after party. So they create a story about Shawn's newly discovered "real father" to get out of their football camp commitment, freeing them up to go to cheer camp. Their next obstacle is they have no cheerleading experience, so they seek the help of Shawn's sister Poppy to get them on the squad. They casually show off their new moves to a few cheerleaders, impressing them enough for a meeting with Carly (Sarah Roemer), the head cheerleader. Carly is aware of Shawn and Nick's reputation as womanizers and is against the idea of having the boys on the team. But after the cheerleader coach sees the boys' "spirit," she is forced by the other squad members to put them on the team.

Upon arriving at cheer camp, Shawn and Nick begin their usual quest for girls. Soon they realize that they are actually good at cheering, and they begin to really care for the other squad members. Nick is smitten for Diora (Molly Sims), who is the camp coach's wife, who rebuffs his advances. Shawn begins to fall in love with Carly. He is soon disappointed when he finds out she is dating a pre-med student, Rick (David Walton). Nick and Shawn discover that Rick doesn't like Carly but only stays with her to make his parents happy, and that he cheats on her. Yet, Rick is overbearing and comes between Shawn and Carly. Wanting to rid himself of Shawn, Rick finds the bus tickets Shawn and Nick were planning to use to leave cheer camp early and reveals them to Carly and the rest of the squad. He also reads aloud from Nick's diary which includes poetic passages he wrote about Diora. The boys get kicked off the team but Diora tells Nick she loved it and to meet her after the cheer competition in the field to "read her more of his diary."

Shawn and Nick take the bus to the football camp after party. While at the party, they realize that they no longer enjoy the drunken parties of their peers and they actually enjoyed being a part of the team, and that they want to be there for the girls and try to win the cheer competition.

The boys return to cheer camp and Shawn apologizes profusely to Carly and his inspiring speech gets back on the team. On competition day they have to go against the Panthers, (the best and cockiest team at the competition) and 27 other teams. In the middle of their routine, Carly sees Rick kissing the captain of the Panthers, so she and Shawn decide to try the "Fountain of Troy" which is said to be the most difficult and dangerous cheer move ever created and is "prohibidado" (sic). They complete it cleanly, but instead of doing a double back-flip like Carly, Shawn performs a triple back-flip and lands in a shallow pool of water. The squad believes he is seriously injured, but he gets up and waves only to fall over again. Shawn later wakes up on the grass with Carly looking over him. She explains they placed 19th. She admits that she believes that they would have placed it the top 3 and gone to State thanks to the perfect Fountain of Troy move, had it not been for whole pool accident which they lost points for. Still, Carly is satisfied as it is ten places higher than the previous year. Shawn and Carly kiss and Rick sees them. He confronts them and attempts to punch Shawn but Nick ends up taking the hit. Rick is then punched in the face by another cheerleader and he runs away crying. Later that night, Nick meets Diora in the field. To get herself "in the mood" she asks him to read from his diary while she strips off her clothing and makes out with him. Just as the two prepare to have sex, Diora's husband pulls up in a golf cart and Diora runs off. The movie ends with Nick forced to cheer in the nude while the coach assists.

Cast

Reception

When the film was released it was screened to very poor reviews. As of December 10, 2009, the film has a 23% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[1]

Filming locations

Almost all of the filming shots of the high school in the film were taken at South Pasadena High School. However, the hallway scene was filmed at John Burroughs High School in Burbank. To make filming easier, the fictional Gerald R. Ford High School's mascot was made the "Tigers" since South Pasadena High's mascot is a tiger. Some of the South Pasadena Tigers Football team's gear such as pads, were borrowed for use in the film. However, filming for the football game scene took place at Calabasas High School. The cheerleader camp was filmed at Occidental College, which incidentally also has the tiger as a mascot. In one of the early scenes, the train passing by is the Metro Gold Line (LACMTA) Pasadena line. The location where the cheerleaders were practicing was filmed in the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden

Trailer

The first trailer was attached to Twilight.

Home release

The movie was released on DVD, UMD, and Blu-Ray formats June 9, 2009. An unrated version was also released containing non-censored language and nudity not seen in the theatrical cut.

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