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Stick It (2006)
Germany / English
"Defy and Conquer. "
After a run-in with the law, Haley Graham (
Jeff Bridges Burt Vickerman
Missy Peregrym Haley Graham
Vanessa Lengies Joanne Charis
Nikki SooHoo Wei Wei Yong
Maddy Curley Mina Hoyt
Kellan Lutz Frank
John Patrick Amedori Poot
Mio Dzakula Ivan
Svetlana Efremova Dorrie
Jon Gries Brice Graham
Gia Carides Alice Graham
Tarah Paige Tricia Skilken
Polly Holliday Judge Westreich
Julie Warner Mrs. Charis
Annie Corley Officer Ferguson
Director: Jessica Bendinger
Producer: Gail Lyon
Writer: Jessica Bendinger
Pretty average.
Drenched in rainbow colors and featuring multiple training montages scored to Green Day and Blink 182 (including a Busby Berkeley-inspired synchronized stretching sequence), Stick It assumes an insolent air while thoroughly adhering to countless clichés, from the bitchy adversary (Vanessa Lengies's Joanne) who ultimately joins forces with Haley, to the superfluous comedic relief characters (played by Kellan Lutz and John Patrick Amedori), to the eventual triumph achieved via the girls' decision to reject their manipulative parents and be themselves. That the film tries too hard to strike a hardcore pose is epitomized by Peregrym, whose charisma as Haley—a sweet Skittle masquerading as a Sour Patch Kid—is often undercut by her strained efforts to behave simultaneously cute, bratty, and tough.

At its candy-coated center, however, Bendinger's directorial debut is just another hypocritical tween-targeted drama in the Bend it Like Beckham mold, one that strives to celebrate feminist self-actualization while also delivering objectifying close-ups of teenage girls' asses and washboard abs. And despite its climax's attempts to denigrate athletic/artistic criticism by portraying gymnastics judges as fascists who are secretly jealous of those they're judging (a jab often leveled against those in the film reviewing profession), I won't be swayed from supplying my own final Stick It verdict: starts off shaky, mildly efficient through its mid- section, but fails to nail its landing.

Seen it:Nej
Nr of disks/tapes:1
Storage device:Divx 5
Imdb rating: 5.7
Musician: Mike Simpson
Running time: 103 min
Subtitles: Svenska
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Last modified: 2007-07-18 22:31:3