Bring It On (2000)


Bring It On (known as: Cheers! in Japan) is a 2000 American comedy 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 (Kirsten Dunst) is starting her senior year of high school at Rancho Carne 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" (Lindsay Sloane), is graduating and Torrance is elected to take her place. Shortly after her election, however, a team member, Carver (Bianca Kajlich), is injured and can no longer compete. Torrance replaces her with Missy Pantone (Eliza Dushku), a talented gymnast who recently transferred to the school with her brother, Cliff (Jesse Bradford). 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 (Gabrielle Union), 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 – Isis and teammates Lava (Shamari Fears), Jenelope (Natina Reed) and LaFred (Brandi Williams) – 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, Aaron (Richard Hillman), 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 end credits show the cast singing and dancing to "Mickey".