YMMV / Bring It On

  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • The extremely popular theory that Courtney and Whitney are, in fact, speaking the truth when they describe Missy as an Uber-Dyke, and that therefore the ending is a classic case of Did Not Get the Girl, with a side order of I Want My Beloved to Be Happy.
    • Whitney's little sister Jamie giving a lacklustre tryout, despite the other girls hyping her up. Is Whitney just blind to her sister's badness? Or is Jamie normally much better and she was just nervous trying out in front of the older girls?
  • Best Known for the Fanservice: One of the few things all five movies have in common - several name actresses dressed up in cheerleader outfits that show plenty of skin. Notably the first film's outfits Bare the Midriff - something which is not allowed on high school teams.
  • Cliché Storm: Most of the sequels do retreads of the first film's plot - usually with an anti-racism Aesop tacked on.
  • Designated Hero: You're supposed to root for the Clovers as much as, if not more than, the Toros, but they don't act particularly likable at times, even though Isis insists they have the class the Toros lack.
  • Ear Worm: "I'm sexy! I'm cute! I'm popular to boot!"
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Missy, from the first movie. It helped that she was played by Eliza Dushku.
  • Ethnic Scrappy: The East Compton Clovers, a squad full of Sassy Black Women who get all ghetto on the protagonists and spout racist taunts at them. The captain Isis however manages to avoid this.
  • First Installment Wins: The term "the original and best" is widely considered to apply with Bring It On, although Bring It On: All Or Nothing is felt to be the best of the sequels (in part because of who appears). To be fair, all the films are stupid and fun to watch. But the original is genuinely good and charming.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Hollywood Pudgy: One of the cheerleaders from the first movie (and the third one as well) is repeatedly criticised for having a rather large backside. She's not that much more heavy than any of the other girls on the squad.
  • In-Name-Only: A musical titled Bring It On went on tour in 2011, and appeared on Broadway for a spell in 2012. Though it was advertised as Bring It On: The Musical and is about cheerleading, with some racial elements thrown in, it otherwise has nothing to do with any of the movies. However, considering none of the movies themselves having anything to do with each other, apart from the general premise of "cheerleading + hints of racial elements," it still fits right in.
  • Les Yay: Torrance and Missy in the first movie have a Romantic Two-Girl Friendship, Torrance defends Missy from the other cheerleaders and their friendship is given slightly more screen time than Torrance's budding romance with Cliff.
  • Memetic Mutation: The first film brought the terms "jazz hands" and "spirit fingers" into the popular lexicon.
  • Narm Charm:
    • The first film is genuinely good, with a dose of fun dumbness to it. The sequels get more and more narmy each time, but are fun to watch anyways.
    • The "Just What I Need" scene in the first film is just too cute to hate.
  • Special Effects Failure: The camera angles used in the first film make it very obvious when they switch to a shot of Eliza Dushku's stunt double performing Missy's gymnastics for the team.
  • Testosterone Brigade: Although aimed at girls, the films are popular with guys as well for reasons not unconnected with watching Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku, Haley from One Tree Hill, Hayden Panettiere, Ashley Benson, Christina Milian et all running around and jumping up and down in abbreviated attire.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: From the fashion to the music, everything about the first film screams late 90s/early 00s.
  • Values Dissonance: There is some casual homophobia on the part of some characters. While Whitney and Courtney calling Missy an "uber dyke" is meant to show them as bullies, there is some of this underlying Torrance's relationship with Aaron. He's a fellow cheerleader, quite the Camp Straight and shown as a Romantic False Lead - in contrast to the Cool Loser Cliff. Aaron's college girlfriend even laughs at him when she finds out he was a cheerleader.
  • Values Resonance:
    • The Cheerleader was a popular trope in the 90s, painting cheerleaders as either Alpha Bitches or ditzy whores - which does have a few Unfortunate Implications since it's a female-dominated sport. The movie shows cheerleading as a genuine athletic pursuit, Missy learns that it's far more challenging than she thought, and the team are shown putting a lot of time and effort into choreographing their routines. Despite the film's goofy tone, it treats cheerleading in a positive way. It treats male cheerleaders pretty well too, rather than stereotyping them all.
    • The anti-racism Aesop is thankfully not too Anvilicious and handled in a good way. No one in the movie is overtly racist but they do become aware of the system in place - Big Red stealing the Clovers' routines because they're too poor to afford to go to competitions parallels abuse of privilege. Torrance tries to invoke White Man's Burden by lending the Clovers money to make it to the competition, but they turn it down and raise the money themselves. But they face each other as Worthy Opponents. One critic said that the film suggests "race relations could be smoothed and transcended through level-playing-field sports competitiveness."
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