Stick It

  • Directors: Jessica Bendinger
  • Producers: Gail Lyon
  • Writers: Jessica Bendinger
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Sport
  • Actors: Jeff Bridges, Missy Peregrym

Haley Graham (Missy Peregrym) is a rebellious 17-year-old who is forced to return to the regimented world of gymnastics after a run-in with the law. A judge sentences Haley to her ultimate nightmare, attending an elite gymnastics academy run by legendary coach Burt Vickerman (Jeff Bridges).

Haley was once considered one of the most talented gymnasts in the US. She made it to the World Championships, but she walked out of competition in the middle of the finals, costing the American team the gold medal and leaving many people hurt and crushed making her one of the most hated people in gymnastics

Haley has a talk with Coach Vickerman, who convinces her to take up the sport once again—at least until she can enter an upcoming invitational competition. Vickerman convinces her that she can use the prize money from the competition to repay some property damage debts she still owes and leave gymnastics once and for all. Disliking the sport’s rigid rules and intense training schedule, Haley is reluctant to come out of retirement. Her attitude toward her fellow gymnasts—as well as her past—causes conflicts. After getting the cold shoulder the first day at the gym, Haley realizes what she is up against.

What started out as a gymnastics competition turns into a small revolution for the rules and Haley. Her talents are recognized once more and her future seems to be set with numerous colleges offering her athletic scholarships to compete in NCAA gymnastics.

Bring It On

  • 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 “über-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.