Bring It On

Maybe, just maybe, Bring It On (2000) truly is brilliant, recalling smart high-school comedies like Election and Clueless, with sharp dialogue that winkingly exploits cheerleader stereotypes. Proving she’s ready to displace some better-known stars (buh-bye, Julia Roberts), Kirsten Dunst plays the newly appointed captain of her high school’s state champion Toro cheerleading squad. Her perfect world shatters when she discovers from a new student (Eliza Dushku) that their routines have been ripped off from a rival inner-city cheerleading squad, whose slick choreography is a mix of Janet Jackson hip-hop and Cirque du Soleil acrobatics. What keeps the film from being solely tongue-in-cheek camp is its genuine admiration for cheerleading as a competitive sport. The result is a darn fun movie that actually makes turning cartwheels in a short skirt seem respectable. (PG-13) SOYON IM

July 16-18, 7 & 9:30 p.m.; Mon., July 19, 9:30 p.m.; Tue., July 20, 7 & 9:30 p.m.; Wed., July 21, 9:30 p.m., 2010

 
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