Stellar Kirsten Dunst, as cheerleading captain Torrance Shipman, leads six-time defending cheerleading champions the Toros against a talented inner-city squad, the East Compton Clovers, in BRING IT ON. The film presents a lighthearted, slightly quirky exploration of the cutthroat but perky world of professional cheerleading competitions.
Only days after taking over the reins of her hallowed suburban high school squad, Torrance is presented with the ugly truth about her team's success when a new recruit, Missy (Eliza Dushku), a semi-outcast gymnast, realizes that the Toros' cheer was stolen from another team. Missy takes Torrance to inner-city L.A. to see the same routine being performed by the East Compton Clovers. The Clovers throw down the gauntlet; they are going to challenge the Toros for the national championship on ESPN 2. As if having to find new cheers were not enough trouble, Torrance also has romantic decisions to make: She has to choose between her oily but pretty current boyfriend and Missy's less popular but rocking brother, Cliff (Jesse Bradford).
BRING IT ON melds a hint of the satire in such movies as SMILE and DROP DEAD GORGEOUS with the competitive fire of films such as THE KARATE KID and WHITE MEN CAN'T JUMP to provide a captivating story enhanced by the engaging performance of rising star Dunst.
Huntley Ritter - BRING IT ON
Peyton Reed - Director/"Inside F. Gump"
Natina Reed - BRING IT ON
Nicole Bilderback - BRING IT ON
Kirsten Dunst - American actor, INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE/BRING IT ON
Brandi Williams - BRING IT ON
Rini Bell - BRING IT ON
Ian Roberts - Actor/"Power Of One"
Jesse Bradford - Actor/"King Of The Hill"
Jessica Bendinger - BRING IT ON
Shamari Fears - BRING IT ON
Nathan West - BRING IT ON
Eliza Dushku - Actress/ TRUE LIES, Faith on "Buffy"
Tsianina Joelson - BRING IT ON
Gabrielle Union - American actress, BRING IT ON
In a contest to lead her school to victory in the national cheerleading championships for the sixth year in a row, Torrance Shipman (Kirsten Dunst), team captain of the San Diego Toros at Rancho Carne High School, must show her team how to beat out its rival squad, the Clovers. Clovers' captain Isis (Gabrielle Union) is struggling to raise enough money to make it to the competition, while Torrance is facing up to finding out that her team's cheers are not original. A comic face-off between die-hard cheerleaders, BRING IT ON has teen spunk, team spirit, and lots of girl power.
Theatrical release: August 25, 2000. Three of the Clovers are portrayed by the singing group Blaque, who also contribute the song "As If" to the soundtrack of the movie. The credits feature the actors miming to B*witched's cover of "Mickey," in tribute to the popular cheerleader video that accompanied the original Toni Basil version in 1982. BRING IT ON was named the best film of 2000 by Ed Halter of the New York Press.
"...Kirsten Dunst [is] a dimpled burst of talent..." - 08/25/2000 USA Today, p.5E
"...[Ms. Dunst is] a terrific comic actress..." - 08/25/2000 New York Times, p.E8
"...It's [Dunst's] mixture of delicacy and vivacity that holds the picture together....Of the moment..." - 09/01/2000 Entertainment Weekly, pp.47-8
"...A smart and sassy high school movie that's fun for all ages....On target in all aspects..." - 08/25/2000 Los Angeles Times, p.C2
"...BRING IT ON has the right blend of silly, puppyish charm to make it almost irresistibly likeable..." - 05/01/2000 Total Film, p.115