- Directors: Peyton Reed
- Producers: Marc Abraham, Thomas Bliss
- Writers: Jessica Bendinger
- Genres: Comedy, Sport
- Actors: Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku, Jesse Bradford, Gabrielle Union
The Rancho Carne High School cheerleading squad “The Toros” are aiming for their sixth consecutive national championship title. “Big Red” (Lindsay Sloane), their team captain, is graduating and Torrance Shipman (Kirsten Dunst) is elected to take her place.
The movie begins with Torrance Shipman entering a car with her boyfriend Aaron, who explains that the transition from high school to college is going to be a difficult one. Meanwhile, a new male student, Cliff Pantone (Jesse Bradford), joins Torrance’s class and takes a seat next to her. Although he is teased by two of the school’s football players, he stands up for himself and Torrance immediately takes a liking to him.
During an after school practice for the Regionals, a girl injures herself and is taken to the hospital, forcing the team to hold auditions for a new member. All the applicants turn out to be complete failures, some even turning out to sing and do ballet. Whitney is positive her younger sister Jamie would be perfect for the team as she is light and can be thrown easily. When Jamie auditions, Whitney and her friend Courtney are impressed, but the others are less so.
When the next applicant, Missy (Eliza Dushku), walks in, the girls don’t appear to like her from her appearance and quickly find reasons to get her out of the gym. They say that tattoos are strictly forbidden but Missy reveals that the tattoo on her arm was drawn on when she was bored during fourth period. Missy explains that she’s trying out because cheerleading is the closest thing she could find to gymnastics, since the school doesn’t have a gymnastics team. Whitney attempts to make her to leave by telling her to complete a series of complicated gymnastics moves and Missy successfully executes them, amazing the rest of the crew. Torrance is especially impressed, but Courtney calls her an “Ã¼ber-dyke” which Missy interprets as an insult and leaves angrily.
When Cliff walks up to Torrance and Missy, Missy leaves them alone and Torrance finally kisses Missy’s brother.