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Overall Rating
2.83

Awesome: 18.42%
Worth A Look: 18.42%
Average: 11.84%
Pretty Bad30.26%
Total Crap: 21.05%

8 reviews, 28 user ratings


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Stick It
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by Doug Bentin

"Not great, but not bad."
3 stars

“Stick It,” the new comedy set in the world of girls’ amateur gymnastics, does the seemingly impossible by bringing a whole new attitude to the rote formula of the personal-reconstruction-through-team-sports story. I know—I’m still not sure I believe it, either.

Missy Peregrym stars as Haley, a young woman who is the product of a troubled marriage. A few years ago, she shocked her teammates by walking away from a championship meet, thereby costing her group a gold medal.

Now she’s in trouble for practicing extreme bike riding at a construction site and breaking thousands of dollars worth of glass. It’s either be sentenced to juvie or do time with a gymnastics trainer whose reputation is worse than hers.

She shows up at the gym of Burt Vickerman (Jeff Bridges, doing an older, more cynical version of The Dude). Of course, they don’t like each other. Of course, there are girls in training there who don’t trust her. Naturally, she and the girls and Burt exchange verbal pot shots, and threatens to quit a few times but Burt shames her into returning to the fold so she can be online in time for the big tournament.

But here’s where Jessica Bendinger’s script slips the rails. It’s not perfect because the nature of the problem changes at this point. Up to the time of the championship event, the reason Haley abandoned her team at crunch time has been the film’s big McGuffin. We get to the bottom of that and all seems well again, as if naming something gets it under control. I wish.

But when the new problem becomes the antiquated and prissy rules for judging women’s gymnastic events—you can lose points if a bra strap shows accidentally—we see that the movie’s moral is an unexpected one.

Usually, these movies try to teach the young that conformity is a good thing, and that if you want to be liked you have to be like everyone else and play the game by established rules. “Stick It” tells your daughters that if the rules make no sense, flaunt breaking them. The film is honest enough to let the kids know that by flaunting, they will lose. It just suggests that defiance may be your only means of protest.

Bendinger is also the movie’s director, and she has some fun with the look of the sports movie. She makes gymnastics events look like they were filtered through a kaleidoscope. She enhances performance with CGI, and pumps up the rock volume.

Peregrym is good as Name, keeping up with the sardonic performance from Bridges. I like the way Burt, while maintaining the coach/student relationship, is able to work with this young woman at whatever place emotionally she is as any given time.

Boys in the audience may not get much from the screen beyond some good ogling time—there are lots of shots of teen females bending and stretching in leotards—but I think there’s more here than just flashy gymnastics stunts for female students of the sport. If it isn’t quite an adult film about young people relating in a nice way to an older guy, it is at least not painful for an adult audience.

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User Comments

7/24/10 art it reminded me of "MAN OF THE HOUSE" with TOMMY LEE JONES! 2 stars
3/03/10 Mary worth watching twice 5 stars
9/21/09 sdfan Loved this movie. Loved the gymnastics especially. Real gymnasts doing real gymnastics. 5 stars
6/23/09 art BORING BORING BORING! 1 stars
2/14/09 love it love her book bag 5 stars
6/16/08 PAUL SHORTT UNEVEN TEEN SPORTS DRAMA 2 stars
6/21/07 loveer lotts its such a good movie hashah loverr 4 stars
4/11/07 kayla i love the movie and who dosent is just plane idiot 5 stars
2/28/07 Beau its for people with an aquired taste, but it was well made and had a resonalbly good plot 3 stars
11/26/06 Riki Witty, fast pace, and one hot chicka...I Like it!!! 5 stars
10/25/06 etcgymnast People that hate the movie just dont understand gymnastics.Gymnasts can really relate to it 5 stars
10/12/06 sxyraver i like this movie because i did the same thing i gave up the one thing i was kick ass at an 5 stars
10/07/06 jermaine I think you hit your fuckin' head on that 4-inch beam! 1 stars
10/05/06 Courtney THIS MOVIE IS AWESOME AND ITS MY FAVORITE. "STICK IT" 5 stars
10/01/06 michael AHH cheerleaders 4 stars
9/20/06 rambler Worse than Wtching "According to Jim" 1 stars
9/20/06 Jenna im a gymnast, this is hardcore. You who think it sucks, you go do flips on a 4 inch beam !! 5 stars
9/18/06 m@dd! r0x i hate gymnastics and i hate the movie it suks 1 stars
9/17/06 criddifa it was awesome stuff, loved it. all u ppl's that hated it u dont know what ur talking about 5 stars
7/19/06 TaTNaHa XapKOB Funny when it insimulates a cardiovasectomy; lame otherwise. 2 stars
6/24/06 Shelz I think this is one of the best movies ever 5 stars
6/05/06 mary barely watchable 2 stars
5/26/06 kylie if you didn't like this movie you have no idea what you are saying 5 stars
5/19/06 Staci I hate crap like this but my teen dragged me to it. 2 stars
5/11/06 SteveO Gym-nice-tics? More like Gym-nice-tits! 3 stars
5/01/06 brittany ITS MY FAVORITE MOVIE NOW. 5 stars
4/30/06 Mase Less a sassy "bring it on" more a sloppy patchwork of lite gym politics.For gym fans only 3 stars
4/29/06 kelly awesome! i loved it! 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  28-Apr-2006 (PG-13)
  DVD: 19-Sep-2006

UK
  13-Oct-2006

Australia
  15-Jun-2006



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