Bring It On: Again (2004)

Anne Judson-Yager, Bree Turner, Kevin Cooney, Faune Chambers Watkins,
Bring It On: Again is a video starring Anne Judson-Yager, Bree Turner, and Kevin Cooney. When new students can't get onto their college cheerleading team, they form their own squad and prepare for a cheer off.
  • 4.5 /10.0 IMDB Rating:
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  • Claudia Grazioso, Brian Gunn, Mark Gunn, Writer:
  • Damon Santostefano, Director:
  • Marc Abraham, Thomas A. Bliss, Producer:
3/10 / 10

The first "Bring it On" is no masterpiece, but it has charm and manages tobe very entertaining. In this direct-to-video sequel, the talented castfrom the original is replaced by second-rate actors and the script isbrooding with everything I hate about teen movies in general. Maybe I'mbiased because I'm from New Jersey, but I've never heard any of my peers usethe phrase "Shut up!" Give me some characters and dialogue I can relate tofor God's sake! Enough of these Barbie and Ken Dolls! Aside from theultra-lame dialogue, almost every gag falls flat. And the stupid plotinvolves a couple of cheerleading outcasts training a ragtag team ofstudents (who know NOTHING about cheerleading) in a limited amount of time! I'm not going to give away the outcome, but the premise alone makes you wantto puke, right? Bree Turner is a hot actress, but she doesn't match up toGabrielle Union. And that Reese Witherspoon lookalike who plays the leaddefinitely doesn't match up to Kirsten Dunst! Don't see this movie! Justanother lifeless sequel to serve as fodder for the video shelves.

My score: 3 (out of 10)

7/10 / 10

Don't be mislead by the title, because other than cheerleading, this moviehas little (actually, nothing) to do with "Bring It On". However, I onlysaythat so that you won't be disappointed if you were expecting it to tie in.

That said, this movie is a lot of fun, and has some great lines and superbactors. It's got more in common with "Animal House" and "Revenge of theNerds", plot-wise, and what it lacks in character development, it makes upfor in spirit, and a charming innocence.

1/10 / 10

It's hard to believe that any movie industry professionals wereactually associated with straight-to-video production "Bring It OnAgain" (2004). Although a sequel, it is more like a really painfulblend of "Revenge of the Nerds" and "Cadet Kelly".

Despite the warnings I actually watched my soon to be re-gifted DVD.Anne Judson-Yager (who looks like Reese Witherspoon plus 30 pounds)plays new college freshman and aspiring cheerleader Whittier Smith. Sheand her friend Monica (Faune A. Chambers) pass the audition and comeunder the scrutiny of sadistic head cheerleader Tina Hammersmith (BreeTurner). They soon tire of life under Tina and form a rivalcheerleading squad of fine arts students and campus radicals. Despite ahost of available movie stereotypes the screenwriter can't seem tofigure out how to portray this crowd and you actually feel embarrassedfor the actors who must deal with these portions of her script.Production design, style, and unity are apparently unknown elements todirector Damon Santostefano (unsuccessfully seeking work since makingthis movie) and the whole thing seems randomly thrown together. It musthave been an assembly nightmare for the editor, who may or may notshare some of the blame- it's hard to tell.

I'm at somewhat of a loss as to the target demographic for "Bring It OnAgain". These things tend to be pitched to producers for theirsexploitation potential. And in this case they could at least count ona pre-sold sexploitation audience of original "Bring It On" fans. Butthe only tie with the original is the subject of cheerleading and thoselooking for sexploitation elements will be disappointed.

My guess is that the target audience is actually preteen girls. Thescript is certainly on that age and sophistication level. The malemembers of the cast appear to have been selected for their looks(certainly not their acting skills) while the female members are adreary looking bunch (although their limited acting skills arewell-matched with those of the male cast). When your leading lady lookslike Judson-Yager and your only really pretty actress is cast as thecheer squad's towel girl; alarm bells should start sounding for thoseoutside this target demographic. I bet the producers wish that they hadheard those bells and monitored this project a little closer.

Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.

4/10 / 10

Whittier is both nervous and excited. She's just made it onto the BESTcheer leading squad (best in WHAT is never clarified). Unfortunately,the captain is rude and cruel to the other cheerleaders, so she and herbest friend Monica decide to create their own squad and have a cheeroff to see who will go to nationals. At the same time she is fallingfor the shaggy Derrick who could be perfect for her.

From the beginning this film annoyed me. The lead girl is too naive andimpressionable - after one talk with her "head cheerleader" she decidesto cut down on her calories and ridicule her friends - even drop themfor acceptance. (Don't most girls grow out of that by college?) Whenshe finally stands up for herself, you'll wonder what took so long, andwhy she felt the need to strip to make her point.

The acting is okay at best, especially from the lead, who is out shinedby the girls playing her best friend and her adversary. The "comedy" isminimal, with the gag of Penelope getting hurt being very overdone. Theending was predictable and completely unrealistic as well.

This film left me with a few questions:

*What was with the constant costuming of Whittier in yellow? *Why didthe guy playing the mascot beat box to the costume head before goingout onstage?

*Where did the new squad find the funding to get matching uniforms andhow did they manage to unify their routine within two days?

Overall:

This is nothing more than mundane teen drivel. It's an unnecessarysequel trying to cash in on the success of it's predecessor. The actingis poor and the ending unrealistic and predictable. Skip this lameflick - you're not missing anything.

3/10 / 10

Well i liked the first one Bring it on, I mean, Kirsten Dunst, ElizaDushku and Gabrielle Union..at least we know who they are and they rockon that movie..! Great music, great moves! Bring it on again..well onehour and a half, small, the story : cliché, some funny parts..reallynothing special. It's a good movie to watch on a Sunday afternoon withyour grandparents :)! Just kidding.. I'm just trying to say that thissequel is not very good. Makes me wanna say maybe they should just stopon the first one and everybody would be wow nice movie, know what imean? I haven't seen the third one. But if it's something like thisone, i rather not.. I liked the last performance by the renegades. Imean, trough the movie they suck, but in two days..wow awesome! Gorenegades :P!