Some say it's predictable; some say it's just another teen movie. But it's hardly possible to dislike "Bring It On," because it succeeds in creating fun in most down-to-earth fashion. To say it's bad is like kicking a puppy clinging to your feet.
To me, the best thing in "Bring It on" is that it pays due respect to cheerleading, sometimes hugely misunderstood among the people (see "Replacement," for example"). I am teaching at women's college in Japan, and I have actually witnessed what they can do once. It was sensational. They took my breath away. "Bring It On" will increase the number of cheerleaders in high school, and it's no wonder. On top of that, I am willing to welcome Kirsten Dunst in teen movie, whose previous work was "Virgin Suicides." I don't say I hate the movie; still, I'd rather give another $ 10 to watch "Bring It On" than to see her dead. The real find here is, however, Eliza Dushku, who easily steals every scene she's in with her natural charm. Look how she smiles!
The most important key to the success of the film may be, after all, the characters are all taking their life seriously as the exciting national competition of the final scene shows. We find there that we, young and old, could relate to them. After all it's good to see people enjoying themselves, and doing what they can do earnestly. Love cheerleading. Love life.
[FROM HERE BELOW, MY COMMENTARY REFERS ONLY TO VHS SPECIAL EDITION ISSUED IN 2001]
As Amazon's technical information is slightly erroreous, I add some correction below. The tape contains two "deleted scenes"; one of them is a kitchen scene, in which Torrence (Dunst) confesses she has a boyfriend. The other is the scene where Torrance's parents talk about her future education in college by the side of swimming pool. The "extended scene" is the locker room scene, originally done in one shot, like De Palma or Scorsese often does. The director wisely decided to use only the half of it, and for the rest of the scene he substituted frontal shots of Torrance and her friends respectively. (It may be interesting to compare two takes for fans because total effect is different.) So, "Locker Room Scene" IS this "Extended Scene"; they are the same thing. Nothing serious, though, when the feature film is so funny.