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Bring It On: All or Nothing

Bring It On: All or Nothing is the third installment in the Bring it On series of films that revolves around high school cheerleading. Directed by Steve Rash, the movie was released direct-to-dvd on August 8, 2006 by Universal Pictures.

This film, which is the second sequel to Bring It On, has a tenuous link to the previous films, featuring only a similar plot of competing cheerleading teams that have to try something different in order to win. There are no recurring cast members or canonical references to the previous films. However, the film stylistically refers to its predecessors in that it is the second in the Bring It On series to open with a choreographed musical number that turns out to be a dream sequence of the protagonist, and like all three films, the end credits feature outtakes and clips of the cast having fun dancing.

As shown in the outtakes, the film's working title was Bring It On Yet Again.

The film was followed by another sequel titled Bring It On: In It to Win It, which was released direct-to-DVD in December 2007.

Plot

Britney Allen (Hayden Panettiere) is living the cheerleader's dream at the elite seaside campus of Pacific Vista High School, where she is captain of the cheerleading squad and dating the football team's star quarterback Brad Warner (Jake McDorman). She is the envy of everyone at school, including her overly-ambitious co-captain Winnie (Marcy Rylan). When Britney hears about a forthcoming audition for a top cheer squad to appear in recording star Rihanna's upcoming television special, she is determined that her Pirates cheer squad will capture the coveted spot.

However, Britney's life turns upside down when her father's new job forces her family to move to Crenshaw Heights, a multi-ethnic, working-class neighborhood east of Los Angeles. There she discovers a different hierarchy of students, and clashes with the African-American Crenshaw Heights cheerleading captain, Camille (Solange Knowles-Smith). Despite this, Britney is able to form a tentative friendship with Jesse (Gus Carr) and manages to prove her own cheerleading worth by getting a spot on the Warriors cheer squad. There she battles it out with Camille to input her own creative ideas.

Tensions rise when Britney has to choose between her new responsibility to the Warriors and her old loyalties to the Pirates when both teams join the same competition to be featured in Rihanna's television special. At the same time, she is forced to choose between her new friendship with Jesse, and her old relationship with Brad.

In the end, Britney decides to dedicate herself to the Warriors, happily submitting to Camille's captaincy. The Pirates, on the other hand, turn on Winnie because of her overbearing ways. The Warriors win the competition, and are seen performing with Rihanna in the closing credits.

Characters

Pacific Vista

  • Britney Allen (Hayden Panettiere) is the main character of the movie. She's a Pacific Vista cheerleader and captain of the squad. But her world comes crashing down when her father loses his job and her family has to relocate to Crenshaw Heights. After resigning as captain, her "friend" Winnie makes her swear off cheerleading. In the end she breaks up with Brad realizing she likes Jesse.
  • Winnie Harper (Marcy Rylan): is Britney's best friend turned worst enemy. After Britney relocates to Crenshaw Heights, Winnie usurps the captain's spot. She becomes a tyrant and works the squad extremely hard. She also starts seeing Brad behind Britney's back. In the end, she is voted out of the captain's spot by everyone (including her squad, competing squads and even Rihanna), at the cheerleading competition.
  • Amber (Cindy Chiu): is Britney's other best friend. She's a bit sassy, but not in the same way as Winnie. She's not afraid to stand up to Winnie. In the end, Amber becomes the squad's new captain. She's less snobbish and mean than Winnie.
  • Brianna (Danielle Savre): is a Pacific Vista cheerleader. Winnie keeps telling her that she's fat and forces her to lose more weight if she wants to stay on the squad. At the competition, she passes out because she's so hungry. The team revives her with a chocolate bar.
  • Sierra (Jessica Nicole Fife, credited as Jessie Fife): is a Pacific Vista cheerleader. She's not very smart, and she's always saying or thinking something dumb, such as trying to "cheer in her sleep" which ends up in hurting bystanders. Winnie treats her as if she were an idiot. But what Sierra lacks in intelligence, she makes up for in overall sweetness.
  • Brad Warner (Jake McDorman): is Britney's boyfriend and Pacific Vista quarterback. After Britney leaves Pacific Vista, he starts sneaking around with Winnie. At the homecoming dance, Britney dumps Brad because he's too much of a pig.

Crenshaw Heights

  • Camille (Solange Knowles-Smith): is captain of the Crenshaw Heights squad. She doesn't like Britney at first, but starts to accept her when the squad needs help.
  • Jesse (Gus Carr): is a male Crenshaw Heights cheerleader. He likes Britney and was the first person who was nice to her on her first day.
  • Kirresha (Giovonnie Samuels): is a Crenshaw Heights cheerleader and one of Camille's friends. She can always be seen eating something, because she doesn't think cheerleaders should be too skinny. She seems to like fried twinkies. She is also very outspoken.
  • Leti (Francia Almendarez): is a Crenshaw Heights cheerleader and one of Camille's friends. She's a tough Latina and always has something to say especially in Spanish. She also loves to party. She is second in charge of the squad.
  • Tyson (Gary Leroi Gray): is a male Crenshaw Heights cheerleader. He's girl-crazy which annoys Britney, Camille and several other girls. Britney threatens to "pluck his grapes" (thus castrate him) if he continues his behavior.

Others

  • Tim Allen (Eric Bruskotter): is Britney's father. After Mr. Allen loses his job, he is forced to relocate the family to Crenshaw Heights. This makes Britney angry. Mr Allen only makes on brief appearance in the movie.
  • Pam Allen (Kiersten Warren): is Britney's mother and a former cheerlearder. She convinces Britney to tryout for the cheerleading squad at Crenshaw Heights.
  • Rihanna (herself): hosts the cheerleading competition at the end of the movie. Although she barely knows Winnie, she votes with everyone else to remove her from the captain's spot.
  • Swin Cash (herself): co-hosts the cheerleading competition with Rihanna.

Response

The film was a very successful straight-to-DVD feature when it sold more than 750,000 units (50% more than its predecessor Bring It On Again) and earned $12 million in its first week rocketing it to the #3 spot in DVD sales that week. It was the second-highest debut of a live-action DVD premiere in history behind American Pie: Band Camp which was also from Universal Pictures and director Steve Rash.

The movie has also become a popular showing on American cable network ABC Family where it's frequently paired up with the original Bring It On as a part of a Double Feature Cheer-a-thon. ABC Family airs an alternate version suitable for television which has been mostly stripped of foul language and vulgarity.

Soundtrack

Pop culture references

  • Hayden Panettiere (Britney) and Marcy Rylan (Winnie) have both played the character Lizzie Spaulding on Guiding Light.
  • Hayden Panettiere stars as a cheerleader on the NBC TV series Heroes, which reunited her with co-star Danielle Savre who also played a cheerleader on the show.
  • On the TV Series One on One, Solange Knowles guest-starred as a high school student who auditions for the cheerleading squad and claims she was cheer captain in her old school. The episode even features one character uttering the phrase "Bring it on".

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