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Bring It On

• Director: Peyton Reed
• Writer: Jessica Bendinger
• Release Date: 22 August 2000 (USA)
• MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sex-related material and language.
• Parents Guide: View content advisory for parents
• Genre: Comedy | Sport
• Runtime: 98 min.
• Box Office #s: Here

Cast Highlights
• Eliza Dushku
• Jesse Bradford
• Gabrielle Union

A champion high school cheerleading squad discovers its previous captain stole all their best routines from an inner-city school and must scramble to compete at this year’s championships.

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Trivia

  • All of the actors who were playing cheerleaders had to go to what they ended up calling “Cheerleader Boot Camp”.
  • During the filming of the scene when Torrance, Missy, Jan and Les carpool to a football game, a driver, angry that the film’s motorcade was making him late for dinner, attempted to drive the camera truck off the road. It appears the character of Les is just an overly cautious driver who keeps checking his side mirrors. Huntley Ritter is really watching Mr. Road Rage get pulled over by the Highway Patrol.
  • Huntley Ritter performed the Nationals scene with a sprained ankle.
  • The Nationals were filmed in Oceanside, California.
  • The cheer that Missy hears from out of the hotel window is a cheer from Kirsten Dunst’s high school alma mater.
  • The Advanced Chemistry textbook that Cliff is studying is not a real book at all. The PHD writer is actually the Assistant Propmaster’s name. Though not real, the book is credited at the end of the film as an actual book that was cleared for use.
  • Kirsten Dunst and Gabrielle Union were both cheerleaders in school.
  • Many of the stunts performed by the teams in the national competition, including all stunts more than two bodies high, the fly-overs, and the basket-tosses with head-over-heels rotation, are illegal at the high school level according to the National Federation Interscholastic Spirit Association.
  • The character of Whitney was originally scripted as a peroxide blonde.
  • The vintage rock t-shirts that Cliff wears throughout the film are from director Peyton Reed’s extensive collection.
  • Carla Mackauf, who plays Aaron’s college girlfriend (“You were a cheerleader?”) is a real-life Lakers girl.
  • The three Clover Cheerleaders: Lava (Shamari Fears), Jenelope (Natina Reed), and LaFred (Brandi Williams) form the singing trio Blaque. They sing the song “As If” on the movie’s soundtrack.
  • The fight song played by the Rancho Carne band at the football game scene is actually the “Cav Song”, the traditional fight song used by the University of Virginia.
  • In the final performance, the routine used by the Toros actually do incorporate every dance style Torrance names while coming up with a new show.
  • As seen in the movie trailer, additional scenes showing Isis’ personal and school life were shot, even giving her a boyfriend, but were eventually cut from the film.
  • The very last scene to be filmed was the toothbrush flirting scene with Jesse Bradford and Kirsten Dunst.
  • Terri Conn had three callbacks for the role of Torrance before Kirsten Dunst was cast in the part.
  • The high school pictured in the movie is actually San Diego State University. A statue of the founder of the university can be seen in the shot at Missy’s car before Torrance and Missy go to see the Clovers.
  • The high school’s name, Rancho Carne, can be translated as Meat Ranch.

Quotes

Isis: You wanna make it right? Then when you go to Nationals… bring it. Don’t slack off because you feel sorry for us. That way, when we beat you, we’ll know it’s because we’re better.
Torrance Shipman: Oh, I’ll bring it. Don’t worry.
Isis: I never do.

Torrance Shipman: You know, mothers have killed to get their daughters on squads.
Christine Shipman: That mother didn’t kill anybody. She hired a hit man.

Torrance Shipman: Ever been to a cheerleading competition?
Missy: Oh, you mean like a football game?
Torrance Shipman: No, not a game, those are like practices for us. I’m talking about a tournament. ESPN cameras all around. Hundreds of people cheering.
Cliff: Wait a minute, people cheering… cheerleaders?
Torrance Shipman: That’s right. Lots of people. Here’s the deal, Missy. We’re the shit, the best. We work hard, have fun, and win national championships. I’m offering you a chance to be a part of that.

Missy: See, I’m a hardcore gymnast. No way jumping up and down yelling “Go Team Go!” is gonna satisfy me.
Torrance Shipman: We’re gymnasts too, except no beams, no bars, no vault.

Torrance Shipman: You’re a great cheerleader, Aaron, and you’re cute as hell, but maybe you’re just not “boyfriend” material.

Torrance Shipman: So, is that your band or something?
Cliff: The Clash? Uh… no. It’s a British punk band, circa 1977 to 1983-ish, original lineup anyway.
Torrance Shipman: How vintage!

Jan: They don’t go, we win; once again, we’re the best.
Torrance Shipman: I define being the best as competing against the best there is out there and beating them. They have to go.

Torrance Shipman: Courtney, this is not a democracy, it’s a cheerocracy. I’m sorry, but I’m overruling you.
Courtney: You are being a cheer-tator Torrance and a pain in my ass!

[Torrance is stressed after knowing they had stolen Clovers’ routine] Torrance Shipman: Do you know what this means? My entire cheerleading career has been a lie.
Missy: Well, look on the bright side – It’s only cheerleading!
Torrance Shipman: I *am* only cheerleading.

Kasey: Except, it’s gonna cost us $2,000.
Darcy: Do I have the letters ‘A-T-M’ tatooed on my forehead?
Torrance Shipman: I was thinking more D-A-D-D-Y.

Torrance Shipman: If we’re gonna be the best, we have to have the best. Missy’s the poo,
[whispered] Torrance Shipman: so take a big whiff!

Les: You know, everyone’s saying that your ambition broke Carver’s leg.
Torrance Shipman: When really it was the angle in which she slammed into the ground.
Les: Kasey did a massive e-mail last night, misspelled “leg”.
Torrance Shipman: Shut up!
Les: Two G’s.

Darcy: Can she yell?
Torrance Shipman: I don’t know, let’s try an oldie.
[Torrance tests a standard cheer on her] Torrance Shipman: Awesome, oh wow! Like, totally freak me out! I mean, right on! The Toros sure are number one!
Missy: [cheering] I transferred from Los Angeles, your school has no gymnastics team, this is a last resort!
[back to normal tone] Missy: OK, so I never cheered before. So what? What about doing something that actually requires neurons.

Torrance Shipman: It’s her last cheerleading practice. How would you guys feel?
Courtney: Big Red has no feelings.
Whitney: Just testicles.

Missy: You ripped off those cheers!
Torrance Shipman: Excuse me, Missy, our cheers are 100% original. Count the trophies!
Missy: Well, your trophies are bullshit, and you’re a sadass liar.
Torrance Shipman: All right, that’s it! Get out of the car, I’m gonna kick your ass!

Justin Shipman: Hey, I have to tell you something!
Torrance Shipman: I’m on the phone creep!
Justin Shipman: I realize that, and normally I’d be listening on the other line, but this is important.
Torrance Shipman: Ok, what?
[Justin Shipman jumps and farts twice] Torrance Shipman: Ugh! Get Out!
Justin Shipman: Thank you for listening.

[about Cliff] Torrance Shipman: He’s your brother, you don’t see him the way I do.
Missy: And that’s a good thing because that would be a crime.

[last lines] Cliff: So, second place… how does it feel?
Torrance Shipman: It feels like first.
[they kiss] [Cheerleaders from opposing team] Cheerleaders: Hey, Toros! / That’s right / The red black and white / Guess What / Guess What / You really SUCK!
Torrance Shipman: Hey…
The Toros Squad: That’s all right. That’s OK! / You’re gonna pump our gas someday! / That’s all right. That’s OK! / You’re gonna pump our gas someday!

Torrance Shipman: Get out of here!
Justin Shipman: Hey, this is the living room, it’s public domain!
Justin Shipman: [after Torrance cannot get through to her boyfriend Aaron on the phone] I’ll take out famous losers for $200, Alex.
Torrance Shipman: Shut up, moron!
Justin Shipman: It’s not my fault you’re in love with a big gay cheerleader who won’t return your phone calls.
Torrance Shipman: Aaron isn’t gay!
Justin Shipman: Oh, so someone just made him become a cheerleader?
Torrance Shipman: He’s just busy!
Justin Shipman: Yeah, busy scamming on guys!
Torrance Shipman: Give me that!
[rips out Justin’s Nintendo game connection] Justin Shipman: Bitch!

Missy: So is every game that eventful?
Torrance Shipman: No, thank God. We have a real situation on our hands. I mean, we were humiliated on our own turf.
Missy: We might have to have a rumble.
Torrance Shipman: This is a serious problem!
Missy: Oh, so is your breath.

Torrance Shipman: Thank God you’re here this season Missy. I couldn’t have done it alone.
Missy: Aww, tear.
[she points to an invisible tear on her face] [after Missy leaves] Cliff: I begged my mom for a brother.
Torrance Shipman: He’d look a little ridiculous in that bikini, wouldn’t he?

Torrance Shipman: Missy is bank!
Courtney: Uh, bankrupt!

Torrance Shipman: Well, I hope your not too busy to hear this. Kiss my ass, Aaron. It’s over.