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Stick It

Film poster
Directed by Jessica Bendinger
Produced by Gail Lyon
Written by Jessica Bendinger
Narrated by Missy Peregrym
Starring Jeff Bridges
Missy Peregrym
Music by Michael Simpson
Cinematography Daryn Okada
Editing by Troy Takaki
Studio Spyglass Entertainment
Distributed by Touchstone Pictures
Release date(s) 28 April 2006
Running time 103 minutes
Country US
Language English
Budget $20 million
Gross revenue $31,976,848

Stick It is an American teen comedy-drama film starring Jeff Bridges, Missy Peregrym, and Vanessa Lengies. It was written and directed by Jessica Bendinger, writer of Bring It On; the film marks her directorial debut. It was produced by Touchstone Pictures and was released in theatres on April 28, 2006.

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Plot

Haley Graham (Missy Peregrym) is a rebellious 17-year-old who is forced to return to the regimented world of gymnastics after a run-in with the law. A judge sentences Haley to her ultimate nightmare, attending an elite gymnastics academy run by legendary coach Burt Vickerman (Jeff Bridges).

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Summary

After another run-in with the law, rebellious 17-year-old Haley Graham (Peregrym) has been biking and has crashed through a house. Her crew members are Frank (Kellan Lutz) and Poot (John Patrick Amedori). Haley, a retired gymnast, is given a choice between enrolling in Burt Vickerman's (Bridges) strict and demanding program for gymnastics (the VGA or Vickerman Gymnastics Academy) or a military institute. Haley's choice is to take the latter, but the judge decides to force her to enroll in the program against her wishes.

Haley was once considered one of the most talented gymnasts in the US. She made it to the World Championships, but she walked out of competition in the middle of the finals, costing the American team the gold medal.

Haley has a talk with Coach Vickerman, who convinces her to take up the sport once again—at least until she can enter an upcoming invitational competition. Vickerman convinces her that she can use the prize money from the competition to repay some property damage debts she still owes and leave gymnastics once and for all. Disliking the sport's rigid rules and intense training schedule, Haley is reluctant to come out of retirement. Her attitude toward her fellow gymnasts—as well as her past—causes conflicts. After getting the cold shoulder the first day at the gym, Haley realizes what she is up against.

At the invitational, Haley's talent shines and her return from gymnastics retirement seems for the better. But all is not what it seems in the scoring system. She starts to remember one of the many reasons she retired: the flaws in judging. The panels do not look at the difficulty of the move nor do they look at the technique; they merely take deductions for unimportant minor errors. As Haley Graham says, "It doesn't matter how well you do. It's how well you follow their rules."

In addition, Haley is severely stressed by her dominating mother, who has arrived to watch the meet. Her conduct at the World Championship ("Worlds") has not been forgotten by the other athletes, and they treat her with open hostility. Haley finally breaks down in the middle of her balance beam routine and, in a repeat of the World Championships, leaves the arena before completing the competition. Before she leaves, she reveals to Vickerman the reason she walked out of Worlds: she had just discovered that her mother was having an affair with her then-coach, and her parents were divorcing as a result.

Although she did not complete the invitational, Haley continues to train and, with three of her teammates Mina (Maddy Curley) , Wei Wei (Nikki SooHoo) and Joanne (Vanessa Lengies), qualifies for the National Championships. The biased judging leaves her far back in the all-around standings, but this does not keep her out of the event finals.

In the first event final, vault, Mina executes an extremely difficult maneuver perfectly but receives a low score (9.500 out of 10). When Vickerman questions the judges, he learns that Mina was deducted on the technicality of showing a bra strap. Haley is next up, however, instead of vaulting, she shows her bra strap to the judges and forfeits her turn in disgust (otherwise known as a "scratch"). The other gymnasts follow suit, earning a string of zeroes and forcing the judges to award Mina the vault gold medal anyway.

Haley's bold action sparks a movement. The gymnasts talk amongst themselves and realize that if they could choose the winner, the judging would be fair. They convince all the others in the competition to do the same, choosing one person from each event who they deem the best to be the "winner". The winner completes her routine; the others jump on and off the apparatus and earn scores of zero.

It seems the movement will be ruined when Trisha Skillkin, a long-time judges' favorite, arrives and threatens the choice of winners by competing herself. Trisha finally comes to her senses, though, and realizes that scratching is for the good of the competition to make a point.

What started out as a gymnastics competition turns into a small revolution for the rules and Haley. Her talents are recognized once more and her future seems to be set with numerous colleges offering her athletic scholarships to compete in NCAA gymnastics.

Cast

Cameos

Doubles

  • Isabelle Severino - Missy Peregrym's gymnastics double (main)
  • Annie Gagnon - Vanessa Lengies's gymnastics double
  • Jessica Miyagi - Missy Peregrym's gymnastics double (beam routine - IG Classic)
  • Kate Stopper - Maddy Curley's gymnastics double
  • Tacia Van Vleet - Nikki SooHoo's gymnastics double

Vickerman Elite Gymnasts

  • Annabeth Eberle
  • Annie Gagnon
  • Kate Stopper
  • Tacia Van Vleet
  • Alicia Saari

IG Classic/National Gymnastics Championships Gymnasts

  • Stefanie Aeder
  • Belinda Archer
  • Mohini Bhardwaj
  • Tiffany Chan
  • Lenika de Simone
  • Nicole Doherty
  • Nadia Fairfax
  • Tania Gener
  • Jennifer Greene
  • Meloney Greer
  • Melany Hars
  • Jessica Hoffman
  • Erin Labarr
  • Jaime Mabray
  • Stephanie Moorhouse
  • Melissa Munro
  • Aleea Newton
  • Andree Pickens
  • Jamie Saas
  • Emilie Schutt
  • Allana Slater
  • Yang Yun
  • Carly Patterson
  • Nastia Liukin

Soundtrack

  1. We Run This - Missy Elliott (Stick It Edit)
  2. Abra Cadabra - Talib Kweli
  3. Beware of the Boys - Panjabi MC (Mundian To Bach Ke)
  4. Fire Fire - Fannypack/Mr. Vegas
  5. Dance Commander - Electric Six
  6. Game, The - Jurassic 5
  7. If I Only Knew - Lisa Lavie
  8. Breakdown - The Toques
  9. Nu Nu - Fannypack (Double J & Hayze Extended mix)
  10. Crowded - Jeannie Ortega/Papoose
  11. Anthem Part Two - Blink 182
  12. Hittin' the Bars - Mike Simpson
  13. Come Baby Come - K7
  14. Outta My Way - Damone
  15. Love Song - J.P. Amedori (Bonus Track)
  16. Brain Stew - Green Day
  17. Holiday - Green Day


The movie also features brief pieces of other songs, which were not included in the soundtrack.

Reception

Stick It was released on April 28, 2006 in 2,044 theaters and grossed $10,803,610 in the opening weekend. The movie grossed $26,910,736 in the domestic market and $5,066,112 overseas for a total of $31,976,848 after 13 weeks at the box office.[1]

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Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Stick It (2006) is an American comedy/drama movie starring Jeff Bridges as Burt Vickerman and Missy Peregrym as Haley Graham.


Judge: So Haley, you what'll it be? Texas Military Academy or VGA?
Haley: Texas Military Academy, your honor.
Judge: VGA it is.

Haley: You didn't owe it to me to be a decent coach. You owed it to me to be a decent human being.

Burt Vickerman: (after Haley is being sarcastic) (being sarcastic) Oh goody. I heard you were like this, I'm so glad it's true.

Haley: (voiceover) If you like falling, gymnastics is for you! You get to fall on your face, your butt, your knees, your back, and your pride! Good thing I didn't like falling. I LOVED it!

Haley: (after listening to Burt Vickerman talk to ten parents about their children going to the Oympics) You have a lot of people going to the Olmypics. Just wondering: What country are they going to represent? The State of Delusion?

Joanne: (after hearing Vick was going to do a routine on the trampoline) You can't do this! You'll have a cardio vascestomy! I'LL have a cardio vascestomy!! Think about your wenis!!

Haley (voiceover): "Gymnastics is like the Navy Seals, but harder. There are, like, 2000 Navy Seals, but only 200 elite gymnasts. I guess most teenagers would rather have a life than spend 6 hours a day training to do tricks that could KILL you. Don't be fooled by the leotards, people! The things that gymnasts do make the Navy Seals look like wusses. And we do them WITHOUT a gun!"

Haley (voiceover): "If you like running full speed at a stationary object, vault is for you. If you like peeling skin the size of quarters of your hands, bars if for you. Because the only thing better than when you get rips, is when your rips get rips. It's super sexy. And floor, I mean, come on, who doesn't want to prance around in a leotard doing dorky choreography?"

Mina: (to Joanne) Who died and made you Nadia?

Joanne: Call me.
Poot: Stalk you.

Burt: Joanne, go do your independent study.
Joanne: (points at Haley) What about her? Doesn't she have to homeschool?
Haley: (puts hand to ear like a phone) Mina, right?
Mina: (pretends to answer phone) Yeah.
Joanne: Mina! Put down the phone!
Haley: Mina, tell that foxymoron that I got my GED when I was fifteen.
Mina: Joanne, Haley got her GED when she was fifteen.
Joanne: (annoyed) What's with all the closed captioning? I'm not mute! (to Haley) A GED? What does drunk driving have to do with school? (leaves)

Joanne:It's not called gym-nice-tics.


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