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Genre: Sports
Starring: Hayden Panettiere, Solange Knowles-Smith, Rihanna
Director: Steve Rash
Rating: PG
Year Made: 2006






Languages: English, Japanese, Thai
Subtitles: English, Japanese, Thai, Korean, Indonesian (Bahasa), Mandarin Traditional
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.77:1
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 38 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: HVN Berjaya




Get ready for more fun, attitude and excitement in this all-new comedy! When popular Britney Allen moves from posh Pacific Vista to working-class Crenshaw Heights, her life goes from cheer-topia to cheer-tastrophe. Britney finds herself at odds with her new classmates, especially head cheerleader Camille. But when she wins a spot on the cheer squad and faces her former team in a cross-town cheer-off to star in music sensation Rihanna's upcoming video, only one team can 'bring it' and earn a place in cheer history!


There are movies that boys would be ashamed to say that they enjoy. Peyton Reed’s Bring It On (2000) is definitely one of them. Incidentally, it is also one of the most enjoyable guilty pleasures of this reviewer’s of all time. While the rest of the world went on to hate Kirsten Dunst, she remained one of the cutest girls in this reviewer’s memory.

Then came the movie’s two sequels Bring It On Again (2004); and this latest installment to the series. Both never made it to the big screen. Both do not star big Hollywood names. While there is a very high probability of dissing this straight-to-video release, it is surprisingly pleasantly enjoyable.

Britney, your typical white stuck-up blonde, moves from a comfortable Pacific Vista to a multi-ethnic working class district, the former cheerleading captain finds herself torn between friendships, loyalty and what it means to be true to yourself.

What a girly plot, we hear you say? Well, the flick was never meant to be taken seriously in the first place anyway. We do not even care about the predictable storyline and the stereotypical characters. As long as it is fun to watch, we will not be prudes.

The 98-minute movie is fun from beginning to end, with familiar pop songs accompanying the scenes. While the choreography may not be as exciting as the original 2000 movie, they are still enjoyably executed. And those cheerleader smiles, they have the power to brighten up anyone’s day.

The cast of this movie are mostly unknowns, having only acted in television serials. Hayden Panettiere effortlessly plays her character with a fine balance of bitchiness and cuteness. While it may not be Oscar material, it is what you’d expect on, yes, a television drama.

The rest of the typical roles in a cheerleading movie are filled up by a team of eye-pleasing youngsters. Black singer Rihanna (probably not much heard of in our region) plays herself in the finale cheerleading match.

This brings us to the next point, where the movie does attempt to explore some class and racial issues. Though not done in-depth, they are enough for viewers to realize the point being brought across. Besides, there is no need to be all to serious for a movie like that.

One particular aspect of the movie which may not go down to well with our oh-so-serious educators though: there is this interesting thing about using IM (instant messaging, in case you didn’t know) language in much of the movie’s dialogue. It seems to be a really hip and happening way of talking to your friends.

Check out all this phrases: LOL, MYOB, FYI, MYSM and BFF. If you know what they all stand for, then this movie is definitely for you.

If not, you’d have to spend some time catching up with your lost youth, like this reviewer here.


This Code 3 DVD has no extra features, not even any trace of a trailer.


For a straight-to-video release like that, the visual transfer need not be top-notch, so it does just fine. For a more amusing experience, you can choose to listen to the cheers in either English Dolby 5.1, Japanese 5.1 or Thai 5.1.



Review by John Li




Other titles from HVN Berjaya:

. American Dreamz

. Aeon Flux

. Inside Man

. Elizabethtown

. Spongebob Squarepants Movie

. Four Brothers

. War Of The Worlds

. Munich

. Two for the Money

. King Kong

. American Pie: Band Camp

. Surviving Christmas

. Perfect Man, The

. Madagascar



This review is made possible with the kind support from HVN Berjaya


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