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Stick It (PG-13)

Release Date: April 28th, 2006 by Touchtone Pictures.
The Cast: Jeff Bridges, Missy Peregrym, Vanessa Lengies, Nikki SooHoo, Maddy Curley, Kellan Lutz, Tarah Paige, John Patrick Amedori, Jon Gries.
Directed by Jessica Bendinger.

BASIC PREMISE: In order to avoid spending jail-time for vandalism, Haley (Peregrym) must train in gymnastic sessions her former coach, Burt (Bridges).

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Stick It does have plenty of energy and stylish cinemography, but with a weak plot and one-dimensional characters, it’s not easy to be completely engaged. Missy Peregrym stars as Haley, a rebellious young woman who often refuses to obey her coach during training. She doesn’t quite get along with Joanne (Lengies), a mean-spirited, snobby fellow gymnast also in her training session. Unfortunately, writer/director Jessica Bendinger doesn’t include enough real conflict to make you care about what happens to Haley. Jeff Bridges plays her coach who comes across as rude and unlikable. At least Bendinger leaves out the cliché of a romantic interest for Haley, although that would have been more engaging than what happens throughout the film. To compensative for a dull plot, Bendinger includes many flashy, stylish and colorful visuals while the gymnasts are performing. The pace moves so fast, it’s slightly nauseating at times. Also, the third act during the final competition feels so absurd and contrived just when it should have been fun and suspenseful. Stick It simply lacks the wit and freshness found in Bring it On, also written by Bendinger.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: Unfortunately, none.

INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: Dull, overly-clichéd plot with an absurd third act.


IN A NUTSHELL: Energetic and visually-stylish but often dull and overly-clichéd.


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