By The MUFF Society
Is it cold in here, or is it just me?
This month MUFF is bringing it back to 2000 with Jessica Bendinger’s Bring It On, starring Kirsten Dunst as Torrance Shipman, a newly appointed captain of a cheerleading squad who soon discovers that the team’s award-winning cheers were all stolen from another school by the old captain Big Red.
This is another film on the long list of movies in that special pocket of the early 2000s that made it into regular rotation in my DVD player about approximately a billion times. And I can’t wait to make it a billion and one this month with MUFF. Why, you ask? Well, I’ll tell you.
5) The writing is amazing and the cheers will stick in your head for days
I think if I were to guess, the “We’re sexy! We’re cute! We’re popular to boot!” cheer was one of the most mimicked things ever in my elementary school when this movie came out. Alongside being a genuinely interesting story about stealing identity, love and friendship, this film is rife with ridiculously catchy and funny cheers that can apply to, like, any life situation.
Get in a big of an argument with someone? That’s all right! That’s okay! They’ll be pumping your gas someday! Hear some particularly exciting news? Awesome! Oh wow! Like totally freak me out! I mean, right on!
4) Missy is bank
I have such a crush on characters like Missy. She’s tough, she’s artistic, she absolutely does not let anything intimidate her, and still, she’s loyal, friendly and intuitive. When Bring it On came out I guess I would have been eight, and whenever I watched movies with characters like her, that sort of character of the don’t-give-a-fuck late ’90s persona, I knew I wanted to grow up to be that. I wanted to be an angry little punk who spoke up when I didn’t like something, but without having to sacrifice being good-natured.
Guys, should I get WWMD tattooed on my knuckles, or nah?
3) Watching this movie makes me wish I had any dancing capabilities
I basically only ever dance if I’m blackout drunk, or maybe also in the shower when Sean Paul comes on my phone’s shuffle. If I’m going to be really real with you, I have no idea if I can dance, but I’d bet that all those times where I’m thinking in my head that I look ssuuuuuuuppper hot when I’m waving my hips around, I actually probably just sort of look like a marionette whose puppeteer is a little jittery from coffee.
The thing with Bring it On is that this movie kind of acts like a cheerleader in and of itself. It makes you want to dance around, yell fun cheers and jump up and down. So maybe just ignore me after the movie when I’m doing a routine of my own in the Carlton lobby, eh?
2) Jessica Bendinger is idol-worthy
Alongside Bring it On, Bendinger was also a writer and creative consultant for Sex and the City, a show of which I will always have a special place in my heart because of its ridiculously relatable storylines. She also wrote 2004’s First Daughter and 2006’s Aquamarine, was a producer of the movie The Wedding Date, and made her directorial debut when she wrote and directed the movie Stick It. Bendinger was also named one of Hollywood’s “Most Powerful Women Under 40” (Glamour Magazine, 2005). I’d probably punch a little kitten in its adorable mouth for the chance to chat with her over a martini (or twelve).
1) KIRSTEN DUNST, DUHHHH!
I think I’m going to have to chat with the other MUFF girls and suggest that we create the Dunst Awards, where one of the categories is Most Movies Programmed. We LOVE LOVE LOVE Dunst, because I mean really, who doesn’t?! Although she’s also proven herself time and time again with how fantastic she can be in a dramatic role (I was actually just talking today about Melancholia and how much that movie ruined my life, but in a good way), but I really particularly love when she does something that’s a little over-the-top, but not to the point of feeling too affected or cartoony. Torrance is an amazing character for just that sweet spot, and I literally cannot imagine any other actor playing her.
Also, apparently Dunst was actually a cheerleader in high school. How great is that?!
The MUFF Society’s screening of BRING IT ON is on Wednesday, March 16, 2016. Join them starting at 8 p.m. in the lobby for MUFFtails, limited-edition buttons, and as always—a photobooth! The screening will start at 9 p.m. and will be preceded by the short film CRYSTAL. For more information about the event, CLICK HERE.