“We’re sexy, we’re cute, we’re popular to boot!”
Ring any bells for you? Then you probably were as big of a fan of the Toro cheerleading squad in “Bright It On” as we were!
Released in August 2000, the American teen comedy flick centres on Torrance Shipman (played by Kirsten Dunst), who inherits the position of captain on her high school’s cheerleading squad and attempts to lead her team to a 6th national title. However, Torrance is informed by the newest team member, Missy Pantone (played by Eliza Dushku), that she is in possession of a stolen routine. And not just from anybody – the routine was stolen from the Clovers, a fiercely passionate hip hop squad from East Compton.
When the originators of the work vow to win, Torrance and her squad must go to different lengths in order to create an original performance.
The film received mostly positive reviews, with some critics praising its light nature and humorous take on its subject and others criticising the conventional and formulaic plot. Despite being a low budget movie, “Bring It On” earned a worldwide gross of approximately USD90 million – a financial success.
Since its release, the film has become a cult classic, going on to spawn 4 direct-to-video sequels, none of which contain any of the original cast members: “Bring It On Again” (2004), which shared producers with the original, “Bring It On: All or Nothing” (2006), “Bring It On: In It to Win It (2007)”, and “Bring It On: Fight to the Finish” (2009).
But enough about what was.
Recently, EW reunited everybody’s favourite cheerleaders (sorry, Claire Bennet!) for a little “cheer-ocracy” refresher. Present at the quick get-together, in honour of the 15th anniversary of the classic teen flick were Eliza Dushku, Gabrielle Union, Jesse Bradford, and Kirsten Dunst. Can you believe that 15 years later, we’d be able to see the “Bring It On” cast together again? “Brr, it’s cold in here” because we got all of ’em feels and goosebumps just saying that!
Check out EW’s exclusive video below, where the stars discuss watching themselves in “Bring It On” and what they think they’re respective characters would be doing now.