Bring It On is a 2000 American teen comedy film that was directed by Peyton Reed and written by Jessica Bendinger. The film stars Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku, Jesse Bradford, the plot of the film centers around a teams preparation for, and participation in cheerleading competitions. Bring It On was released in theaters in the North America on August 25,2000, the film received mostly positive reviews, with some critics praising its light nature and humorous take on its subject and others criticizing the conventional and formulaic plot. Bring It On earned a gross of approximately $90 million. Since its release, the film has become a cult classic, Torrance Shipman, a student at Rancho Carne High School in San Diego, anxiously dreams about her first day of senior year. Her boyfriend, Aaron has left for college, and her cheerleading squad, Torrance is elected to replace the team captain, Big Red who is graduating. Soon, however, teammate Carver is injured and can no longer compete with her broken leg, while watching the Toros practice, Missy recognizes their routines from a rival squad that her previous high school used to compete against. After accusing Torrance of being a liar and stealing the routine, she learns from Torrances offended, so Missy drives Torrance to Los Angeles, where they watch the East Compton Clovers perform routines that are virtually identical to their own teams. Isis, the Clovers team captain, angrily confronts the two, Torrance learns that Big Red regularly attended the Clovers practices to videotape and steal their routines. In the meantime, Missy is seen as a threat by the female members of the squad. Isis informs Torrance of her plans to defeat the Toros at the regional and national championships, when Torrance tells the Toros about the routines, the team still votes in favor of using the current routine to win, Torrance reluctantly agrees. At the Toros next home game, Isis and her teammates show up and perform the Toros routine in front of the whole school, the Toros realize that they have no choice but to learn a different routine. In desperation, they employ a professional choreographer named Sparky Polastri to provide one, but at the Regionals, the team scheduled immediately ahead of the Toros performs the exact routine they had been practicing. The Toros have no choice but to perform the same routine. After the debacle that ensues, Torrance speaks to a official and is told Polastri provided the routine to several other teams in California. As the defending champions, the Toros are nevertheless granted their place in the Finals, Torrance, crushed by her failure to lead the team successfully, considers quitting. Cliff encourages and supports her, intensifying their growing attraction, when Cliff sees Torrance and Aaron together, he angrily severs his friendship with Torrance, to her distress. But her confidence is renewed by Cliffs encouragement and she convinces her team to create an innovative
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Many critics felt the film displays Dunst's range as an actor.