All of them are bad, but some are so bad they're good.
Bring It On Series Review, From Worst To Best
This quarantine has cradled me into a new flavour of boredom and depression that has led to some very poor decisions. Most recently I have moved out of my house to a place I cannot afford, started drinking at 2pm because time is no longer a linear thing, and watched all of the Bring It On movies in no particular order.
I have discovered, however, that when consuming a series outside of the intended order there is a certain clarity – where the quality of each individual piece is not influenced by the time of its release, increase in camera quality, production value, nor general “sign of the times” writing.
That being said, here are all of them from worst to best.
Bring It On: Worldwide #Cheersmack (2017)
This is maybe the worst movie I’ve ever seen, and I’ve watched Big Money Hustlas, the movie made by the Insane Clown Posse in 2000 at least eight times. I couldn’t even finish this Bring It On. None of the characters were likeable, and there were basically no stakes. This was one hot popular girl who just… was hot and popular and didnt feel like competing against other people? That’s pretty much it.
Also, stop trying to make #Cheersmack happen. It’s not going to happen.
Bring It On: All Or Nothing (2006)
All Or Nothing was okay. It was a little bit racially insensitive and used every “inner city” stereotype it possibly could’ve to justify having the white protagonist be sympathized with because she no longer went to her rich white school. Poor baby. It had some pros though. Including themes of tolerance near the end, a cameo from Rhianna, and a worthwhile prize of new computers for the school if they can come together and krump hard enough. Also I just love Solange so no hate there.
For real though, Hayden Penettiere should not krump. It was almost as hard to watch as Emma Roberts dancing in Wild Child released in 2008. Look up the clip – it’s not good. All Or Nothing also has a dance sequence that is basically a strip tease, and the characters are in highschool. Thumbs down for over sexualizing teens.
Bring It On: Fight To The FInish (2009)
Fight To The FInish was predictable, but the protagonist was at least likeable. They did show the East LA teens as vixen-types and Malibu teens as total narcs. This one was just a bit boring. Not the worst, not the best.
One solid pro was Victor. A side character who just loves his girlfriend, his car, and anyone else who likes his car. He’s fun. I like him.
Bring It On: In It To Win It (2007)
In It To Win It is objectively bad, but was my favourite as a kid for no good reason. It’s just so goofy. They have a cheerleading “street fight” which results in many injuries so they have to combine competing teams to create “The Shets” (Sharks and Jets haha how clever). Who came up with that? Just name it anything better!
There is so much wrong with this movie, from the token black girl who “comes out” as an “oreo” which is just so offensive in so many ways, and the token gay “coming out” as straight and admitting he pretended to be gay to see women get changed which just perpetuates homophobia in the worst way. But god I love to hate this movie.
Bring It On (2000)
The first one is a cult classic. It paved the way for having every movie begin with a dream sequence, having the “spirit stick” be a stupidly important plot point for no reason, and making fun of popular prissy highschoolers like every movie did in the 2000’s a la Mean Girls. This movie is obviously satire, for some reason the ones to follow take themselves so seriously. Does it sexualize teens? Yes. Are there stereotypes at play? Yes. Do they use gay slurs and then try and justify the use of them 20 years later with no sense of remorse for normalizing the use of them? Yes. So do with that what you will.
Bring It On Again (2004)
Okay this movie was actually pretty good. I would for sure watch it again. It kept the satire element from the first one but kind of shook up the form. It was a standout movie that shared more of a Revenge Of The Nerds vibe which I appreciated. It got terrible reviews though, including this one from IMBD: 7/10, Good DVD, I-miss-jukeboxes. 26 July 2020. “It is a great time watching thin attractive female bodies (nature!) and knowing it will be as fun as always. Any of the jealous curvy women that gave it low ratings are the same women who get tattoos to distract us. If you are a man of taste, you’ll enjoy !”