Sunday, July 12, 2009

Fired Up! - DVD Review


Starring Nicholas D'Agosto, Eric Christian Olsen, Sarah Roemer, Molly Sims, Philip Baker Hall and John Michael Higgins.
Directed by Will Gluck.

This is a bizarre exercise in the three-act formula. Two football studs who sleep with every babe in their high school get the idea to go to the summer's cheerleader camp to get even more tail. The gorgeous girls from their own school are on one of the worst cheerleading teams in the state, so the two eventually develop human emotion and try to, like, actually help the squad win.

Meanwhile we hit some standard plot signposts. The mean-girl rival cheer squad. The jerky boyfriend of the head cheerleader. The boys caught in a lie at the end of Act 2. The big competition. An insurmountable move that they, just somehow, surmount.

What am I rooting for again? Eh, in the grand tradition of Rob Morrow and Johnny Depp in 1984's Private Resort come these two. And lest it be accused of being a rip-off of Bring It On, there's a scene with the cheerleaders watching that movie, saying the lines with Kirsten Dunst and company.

And once again, it's one of those comedies where the outtakes during the closing credits are funnier than the actual movie.

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