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PLOT SUMMARY: Two of the most popular players on the football team decide to ditch football camp, and become cheerleaders so they can go to cheerleader camp instead. Sounds like an improvement to me, football fucking sucks and is 1000X gayer than male cheerleaders looking up cheerleader’s skirts while manhandling them.

PEOPLE: Directed by one of the producers of Andy Richter Controls The Universe.

Starring Nicholas D’Agosto (Claire’s flying love interest from Heroes, Hunter from 3 eps of The Office, Extreme Movie, Psycho Beach Party) and Eric Christian Olsen (Not Another Teen Movie, The Hot Chick). Carly is played by Sarah Roemer (Rachel from Wristcutters:A Love Story, Lacey from The Grudge 2, Ashley from Disturbia). “Older” woman Diora is played by Molly Sims (Stephanie from Yes Man, 100+ eps of Las Vegas the TV show, whatever that is).

The female antagonist, leader of the “evil” Panthers squad, is played by AnnaLynne McCord, none other than fucking murdering bitch Eden from Nip/Tuck. She’s also in the new 90210, and was a carjacker in The Transporter 2. She is such a bitch. I pretty instantly want to just punch her in the face when I see her. After having sex with her, anyway. She’s got the “hot bitch” role covered perfectly. No wonder they put her in 90210.

Speaking of Nip/Tuck, Adhir Kalyan played the Indian kid, and he was the young Indian temporary-partner-surgeon in Nip/Tuck.

(The male antagonist, douchey boyfriend “Dr.” Rick is played by David Walton, who hasn’t really done much.)

The football coach was played by Philip Baker Hall, who was just in Magnolia, which we watched last week. He was also in other movies we’ve seen, like How I Got Into College, Ghostbusters 2, Cigarettes & Coffee, Boogie Nights, The Truman Show, Enemy Of The State, The Sum Of All Fears, The Amityville Horror, as well as 2 eps of Curb Your Enthusiasm and 1 ep of The Life And Times Of Tim.

And oh! A small part by Edie McClurg, who I shall never forget as “Mrs. Poole” from Valerie/Valerie’s Family/The Hogans. She looks just like she did in the 1980s! She was Gammy in Titan Maximum, Louie Anderson’s mom in Life With Louie, a campus tour guide in Van Wilder, Natural Born Killers, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Cheech & Chong‘s Next Movie, and guested on tons of different TV shows. She’s pretty unforgettable.

Lesbian/bi-curious Bianca is played by Danneel Harris (Harold & Kumar 2, Extreme Movie, One Tree Hill, One Life To Live). The black girl she was constantly interested in was Hayley Marie Norman (Amber from Trailer Park Of Terror, Hancock).

And the cheer-camp leader? The guy who said he was born doing spirit fingers out of his mom’s vagina? John Michael Higgins, who voices the hilarious Mentok The Mindtaker in Harvey Birdman:Attorney At Law, was in 5 eps of Arrested Development, 13 of Ally McBeal, and was also in the movies Yes Man, Walk Hard, and Wag The Dog.

The “I’m just sayin…” girl was Margo Harshman, also in Extreme Movie.

There’s actually tons of chicks in this movie — though most are in there briefly. A chick from Glee, a chick from the Friday The 13th reboot movie, a girl who slapped Angela on The Office.

QUIRKS:

Strong on dialog, not plot.

This is actually only a PG-13 movie, and you can tell that some rated-R-level punches have been pulled. They resubmitted it to the MPAA 18 times to get a PG-13 movie. However, there is an unrated version, which is the version we watched. Differences explained here.

The actors are like 30, playing highschoolers. Some found this annoying. Others found this to be a very obvious parody of the age discrepancy found in most of these movies.

The “little girl” who was a freshman schemer almost seemed lifted out of the Parker Lewis Can’t Lose universe.

VISUALS: HOT CHEERLEADERS.

SOUNDTRACK: Lots of pop songs that you don’t end up really noticing for the most part. A common thing for movies like this.

MORALS: Fuck football.

BAD STUFF: Definitely an extremely generic plot, with generic characters.

It’s obviously no Apatow movie…

It’s completely unoriginal and cliche.

A few bad jokes, which is to be expected in a movie full of jokes.

CONCLUSION: This movie had kind of a strange distribution of 5-star moments, 3-star moments, and flat out 2-star moments that just weren’t good. Yet, in the end, it was entertaining and fun, as much as we hate to admit it. It’s kind of hard to go wrong with 100s of cheerleaders.

RATINGS:
Clint: Netflix: 3.6/5 stars. IMDB: 7.6/10. A reluctant 8/10, a reluctant/low 4/5 stars
Carolyn: Netflix: 3/5 stars. IMDB: 7.6/10. A reluctant 8/10.
The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 6.0/10, Netflix: 3.4/5 stars (Netflix‘s predicted rating for us was 3.6/5 stars–above average).

RECOMMENDATION: It’s better than it sounds. Which is what I was hoping for, since I cringe at football. And cheerleading [but not cheerleaders] too.

SIMILAR MOVIES: Described as a re-worked Wedding Crashers, where they crash a cheerleader camp instead of a wedding. I think it’s a bit of a stretch, but I can see why people would make that comparison. But really, this has aspects of Bring It On as well [it’s even on a  TV screen in the movie for a bit].

MOVIE QUOTE: Shawn Colfax: You gotta risk it to get the biscuit.

Coach Keith: I was born cheering! My mother swears the first thing out of her what’s-it was a little pair of baby hands doing spirit fingers!
[laughs]
Coach Keith: That’s a joke! But it really happened.

Nick Brady: Do not poop where you eat, remember? That’s why there are no restaurants called “The Bathroom.”

Dr. Rick: Animal House reference! LOVE IT!

Brewster: [after Rick is punched by Downey] That was for the Crocs. You’re not an old lady gardening or a baby on the beach. OK? Now put on some shoes, you’re embarrassing yourself.

Carly: You know what John Lennon always said.
Shawn Colfax: No, I don’t. I’m not in my fifties. I could ask my dad though.
[smiling]
Carly: Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.

Sylvia: [whenever she says or does something that draws attention to herself] … I’m just saying.

COINCIDENCES: Kinda weird to run into Philip Baker Hall again so soon…

Mood: laughing
Music: Danzig – I Know Your Lie