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Stick It

 

Picture: C+†††† Sound: B-†††† Extras: C†††† Film: C-

 

 

Jessica Bendinger wrote the still-talked about Bring It On, already spawning a video sequel, but she wrote and directed the not-as-interesting Stick It, a 2006 exercise (pun intended) in mixing comedy, puberty, gymnastics and hipness that does not quite pan out as well.Haley (Missy Peregrym) has divorced parents and cannot stay out of trouble, so she is sent to intense gymnastics she hates and her coach (Jeff Bridges, who is good despite having an underwritten role) who is on her case constantly.

 

Like Bring It On, everything comes down to the sometimes bitchy competition between the females, but it never has the bite and conflict the previous film did.Racial tension may be part of it, but when you have sequences in between scenes that look like something out of Nancy Walkerís Disco Musical Canít Stop The Music (1980) coming out of nowhere to stop the narrative, forget it.The film also cannot avoid whether it is or is not in the MTV mode. Polly Holiday (Flo from the great TV series Alice, reviewed elsewhere on this site) has a fun turn as a judge, but the film falls flat and is quite predictable.Young ladies might enjoy this, as well as those into gymnastics, but the rest is a disappointment.

 

The anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 image is on the flat side, with color in tact, but Daryn Okataís cinematography is competent.The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is yet another where the surrounds and bass really kick in for the songs.Extras include a bloopers/outtakes reel, deleted scenes with commentary, commentary section and three featurettes including one with actual gymnasts that are more interesting than this film.

 

 

-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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