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Stick It
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Starring: Jeff Bridges, Missy Peregrym, Vanessa Lengies, Tarah Paige
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: Touchstone Pictures
Web Site: www.stickitmovie.com
Kiddie Movie: Nah, they'd be bored.
Date Movie: Only if she's your prom date.
Gratuitous Sex: Tight tards, but that's about it.
Gratuitous Violence: Nah.
Action: Just gymnastic and bicycle stunts.
Laughs: There's a couple.
Memorable Scene: The competition scenes were fun.
Memorable Quote: Nothing really.
Directed By: Jessica Bendinger
Produced By: Gail Lyon

Stick It
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 1:45 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
I have to say I had higher hopes for "Stick It," kinda of a "Bring It On" for gymnastics, but sadly, even Missy Peregrym bouncing around in a leotard didnít save this film. Letís get to itÖ

Missy plays Haley. Haley is a rebel who likes to do stunts on her bicycle and hand out with her two rebel friends. She used to be a talented gymnast, but than left a competition leaving her team high and dry. After a bike stunt gone wrong, namely crashing through a window in a mansion being built, the judge gives her the choice of military school, or gymnastics school. Haley wants military school, but the judge doesnít care what Haley wants and sends her to gymnastics school.

So there Haley is, at Vickermanís Gymnastics Academy (VGA), where coach and owner Burt Vickerman (Jeff Bridges) is pretty much all about conning parents into believing their little girls can get to the Olympics. Haley isnít too thrilled to be there, Burt really has only one reason to keep her there (which we find out later in the movie), but yes, eventually they learn lots of important lessons about their lives and become best buddies.

In the meantime we get some other gymnasts who couldnít understand why Haley would let her team down, before, and quit the tournament she was in. They also have no social lives, so when Haleyís two rebel dude-friends show up, itís love at first sight. In the anti-Haley crowd sits Joanne (Vanessa Lengies), a smart-mouth girl who comes off as a complete idiot (case in point, Haley explains that she got her GED when she was fifteen, and Joanne thinks itís a drunk driving conviction).

As the movie progresses, Haley trains again to be a great gymnast, Joanne isnít happy about it, but somehow a quartet of girls from VGA make it to the National Championships. But strange things are afoot at Nationals, namely that Burtís girls do some great routines but donít get the points they probably should be awarded. It seems the judges donít like Burt that much and are penalizing his girls for it. Those rotten judges! But the gymnasts figure out a way to protest the judgesí scoring, and itís supposed to be all uplifting, but really, it falls flat.

"Brink It On" became one of those movies that is cable-watchable for me, but I donít think "Stick It" will have the same likeability factor in my book. I think the difference was that "Stick It" had to take a weird turn to preach itís eventual message - that the scoring system for gymnastics is messed up, and itís a message that really, unless youíre a gymnast, who cares? "Bring It On," though, built up the "Our team is better than your team but by the end of the movie we respect each other" theme which couldnít be done for a movie like "Stick It."

The acting was okay, and Missy Peregrym isnít bad to look at in tight outfits, but the movie just floating from one story arc to another and I really didnít care. Itís 1 Ĺ stars out of 5 for "Stick It."

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

 

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