Okay so maybe I should be a little embarrassed to record that even after the utter failure and disappointment that the last two “Bring It On” movies I watched Bring It On: In It To Win It, but what can I say… I’m a sucker for a male cheerleader.
The story lame; the idea that the initial rivals are called the Sharks and the Jets (West Side Story) is bad enough, that they have to form a single team due to a dancing rumble (West Side Story, the dancing rubmle part, not the joining part) is a little over the top.
The acting and casting is a little poor; you can tell the male lead “Michael Copon” got the part because he’s a little bit Jesse Metcalfe. And I couldn’t look at the female lead, Ashley Benson, without thinking how much she looks like a young Traci Lords.
But worst of all, the movie, made by Universal, is really just a big ad for Universal Studios and the Hard Rock Hotel. There are few outdoor shots where we aren’t reminded exactly where the movie takes place. Even beverages have product placement as the actors drink holding bottles in awkward hand positions so the labels are easier to read.
Other movie rip-offs, I mean inspirations, includes the confession moment (obviously High School Musical inspired, and the start of the “Shets” (as the combined team are called) final performace is reminiscent of the Cell Block Tango scene from Chicago.
Overall I’d give this movie a mere 2 out of 5 (if I was a rating kind of guy).