They're sexy. They're cute. They're popular to boot. I can only be talking about the Rancho Carney Toros... and the East Compton Clovers - because let's face it, the Clovers were so "bank" that the Toros ripped 'em off. I was 16 when 'Bring It On' hit the multiplex. 16! That's the greatest age to be when 'Bring It On' came out. My friends and I devoured that movie again and again and again. We memorised the cheers. We quoted it ad nauseam. We dressed up as Toros for costume parties. 'Bring It On' was the poo, so we took a big whiff. We didn't even question why the hell there was a person called Torrance, we loved it that much.
In the Cheerocracy known as Hollywood cheerleaders, the Toros have reigned supreme for the last 20 years, and will for many more to come. Even Roger Ebert himself called it "the Citizen Kane of cheerleader movies". Yeah, let that sink in for a sec. Many have tried to dethrone the Toros since 2000. Many have failed. Some both past and present have come close but as we've learned, second place (hell yeah!) can sometimes feel like first. So the next time you're wondering if you should watch 'Bring It On' (a film you can most definitely quote verbatim) for the 87th time, here are some other ways to get your cheer fix.
'The Breakfast Club', 'She's All That', 'American Pie', 'Varsity Blues', 'Cruel Intentions' and, of course, 'Bring It On' just to name a few, this comedy satire rivals its source materials for laughs and hijinx. And it stars 'Captain America' himself - Chris Evans - recreating that scene from 'Varsity Blues'. You're welcome.
Fun Fact: Peyton was the mime in 'Bring It On'.