Okay, I’ll admit it, I liked this movie. Much as I liked Bring It on, which shared creative teams with Stick It. Stick It is one of those movies where, if asked, you can’t pinpoint what you liked about, you just like it.
Given, the story is a typical good sports people versus bad sports people cliche, with the good team ending up winning (sort of), it still has something unique that other stories lack. A good combination of sports, clever writing, and great one-liners delivered by some of the lesser-cast members. While nothing in the story surprised me, and everything that I expected to happen, happened, I still wasn’t disappointed with the outcome of Stick It
What I did enjoy though, was the use of body doubles, and stunt people. Generally in a movie where there’s a lot of sporting events (in this case, gymnastics), you can tell who’s a real actor, and who’s a stunt person/body double. After watching Stick It, I had to look up whether or not the stars were doing their own gymnastics, or not. It turns out, that they were using stunt people. They did a great job of seemlessly blending the real actors with stunt people.
Great one line jokes were delivered throughout the movie by a lesser cast member, named Poot. (Played by John Patrick Amedori) His lines include the “stalk you” from the trailer that we’ve all seen, to “you know how I feel about that bust, I’ll see you there”, to “too much rock for one hand”, while he made the infamous dual rock sign at one of the competitions. I like Amedori, and think we’ll be seeing more of him in the future. Haley (Missy Peregrym) is also great. She’s funny in her role, a very convincing “I hate everyone” type, and I get the feeling that she’s a very athletic person, as well. She’s great in the starring role in Stick It, and hope to see her in more big roles. While her acting credits (other than Stick It) include small guest parts on series like Dark Angel, and Smallville, I think she’ll be around for the long haul.
Overall, I liked the movie. Probably more than I should have. After all, it’s a Sunday morning, and I’m a guy watching a gymnastics movie. Is that something I should be proud to admit? No, probably not. I’m going to have to watch something manly this afternoon to make up for this. My final synopsys is that if you liked Bring It On, you’re definitely going to like this movie, too. Worth seeing in the theater? I’m not entirely positive on that one, as it’d depend on your tastes. If you’re a fan of gymnastics, I’d say to give it a shot. Hit a matinee, and save yourself a few bucks over the Friday night admission prices.
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