“Bring It On: All or Nothing”

Bring It On All Or Nothing

By Jae-Ha Kim
Amazon.com
June 9, 2006

Bring It On: All or Nothing is the idealized version of what happens when a rich girl from an elite California school is forced to transfer to an urban setting for her senior year of high school. Former head cheerleader Britney (Hayden Panettiere, “Ice Princess”) finds herself with a quandary–does she join the new squad, or does she stick to the promise she made to her old teammates that she’ll never cheer again?

Given that this is the second sequel to the Bring It On franchise, which started with Kirsten Dunst’s 2000 flick, and that there’s really no reason for this movie to exist without a match-up between Britney’s old and new squads, of course she must bring her pompoms out of retirement. In between routines, she manages to land the hottest male cheerleader, Jesse (Gus Carr), and befriend Camille (Beyonce’s little sis Solange Knowles-Smith), the feisty head of the squad. She even excuses Britney from practice when the latter lies and says her family pet has died: “Who am I to stand between a white girl and her dead dog?”

Beyond the inclusion of a few broad stereotypes dealt for laughs, this straight-to-DVD movie doesn’t dwell on any real racial issues that a spoiled white girl actually might face at a predominantly ethnic school. Unlike Dunst’s film, which was mindless but well-crafted, this sequel asks nothing of its actors but to look good and leap high. Bring It On: All or Nothing has already been brought. Twice.

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