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Overall, my favorite thing about the movie is in the witty commentary and the humor that the movie sticks in very appropriately. I think Hayley was just hilarious, whether she was talking or thinking. She has a rather darkly sarcastic humor, but its very tasteful and witty. The not-so-smart Johann, complimenting the role of the bitchy teammate originally, gives a lot of comedic relief as well [Mina - "She got her GED when she was 15"
Johann - "What does drunk driving have to do with any of this?"]. Mina and Wei-Wei are somewhat minor characters but I can't help but find them a little bit entertaining even by their casual expressions, the actresses did an excellent job making them seem minor but still multi-dimensional enough to be amusing and loveable.
It was also a pleasant surprise that nearly all of the girls in this film are actually showed as being very strong and athletic. One reviewer said that the practice sessions were hard to watch, but I thought the opposite. If they skipped the practice sessions a huge part of the movie would have been taken away and detracted from its ultimate message. I enjoyed the practice sessions, it's not every day that you see teen girls embracing their strength and the girls were so much more attractive than the food deprived models that seem to run the media otherwise. I mentioned before, and I'll say it again that I do not do gymnastics and I don't think I ever will.Read more ›
Although Jessica has been a writer for years, this is her first time calling the shots from behind the camera. It is clear that she knows EXACTLY what she's doing and I look forward to her next directed pic. ;) m
In "Stick It," the very unlikeable Haley Graham (Missy Peregrym) winds up in court and her only options to stay out of jail are Texas Military Academy or VGA, Vickerman Gymnastics Academy, headed up by Burt Vickerman (Jeff Bridges). You see, Graham has a past in the gymnastics world, and she isn't welcomed very warmly, especially by her new teammates. Graham is obnoxious, selfish, and pretty much a brat. But as the film progresses and we begin to see more layers peel off of Graham's fake tough outer shell, we realize that she isn't all that terrible.
The climax of the film is very unbelievable, but it works in the format that it's presented in. Bridges and Peregrym play off of each other very well, and you eventually hope to see both succeed in the end. The supporting cast is wonderful, especially Peregrym's gymnastics mates, Joanna (Vanessa Lengies), Wei Wei (Nikki SooHoo), and Mina (Maddy Curley). These three alone are worth watching this film. Hopefully they will all have solid future careers.
Overall, this film is sort of formulaic, but it has just enough edge and just enough comedy to keep it from going stale. It fortunately tones down some of the silliness that plagued "Bring It On," and finds a decent balance between giddy teen fun and decent drama. The gymnastics sequences are nice to watch, but it's the training sequences that can become painful to see.
Mildly recommended to fans of teen comedy, but for those who enjoy decent drama/comedy, this is a definite flick to watch.
After walking out on the world championships before her floor exercise and costing Team USA the gold, Haley is not the most popular girl in the gym. In fact, she's downright hated to the point of people throwing drinks in her face. Still she perseveres when her coach tells her that if she participates in one contest, she might earn enough money to pay her fine and return to her life of crime.
Stick It isn't as funny as Bring It On, in my opinion, but it makes up for it in other ways. The humor is more toned down but still full of great one-liners. Case in point are lines like, "I have a constitutional right to bare arms," and "Coach if you do this you'll have a cardiovasectomy." It's stupid humor, but amusing nonetheless. If you like teen sports movies like Bring It On, Step Up, and Center Stage, you'll enjoy this one. It's on par with the rest and definitely worth at least one viewing.
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Lots of stars we recognized in the cast. My 12 year old gymnast daughter loved it. The adults were fairly entertained.Published 3 days ago by J. Erickson
While this movie did not win any awards and the script is only okay, both my kids and I like the film. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Kathleen White
The case was damaged when I got it, causing the disk to slide around freely in the case so it arrived a little scratched but it doesn't seem to skip when played. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Julie
Super fun movie. Cult classic too because of the barbed tongues. We've watched a dozen times over the past 5 years.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer