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"STICK IT"
(2006) (Missy Peregrym, Jeff Bridges) (PG-13)

Alcohol/
Drugs
Blood/Gore Disrespectful/
Bad Attitude
Frightening/
Tense Scenes
Guns/
Weapons
Minor Minor Heavy None None
Imitative
Behavior
Jump
Scenes
Music
(Scary/Tense)
Music
(Inappropriate)
Profanity
Heavy None None Moderate *Moderate
Sex/
Nudity
Smoking Tense Family
Scenes
Topics To
Talk About
Violence
Moderate None Moderate Moderate Mild


QUICK TAKE:
Dramedy: A juvenile delinquent is sent to a gymnastics academy where she must not only contend with the veteran coach, but also her previous ambitions and disappointments in the sport.
PLOT:
Haley Graham (MISSY PEREGRYM) is a juvenile delinquent from a broken home in Plano, Texas who enjoys spending time with her best friends Frank (KELLAN LUTZ) and Poot (JOHN PATRICK AMEDORI) doing their own variation of extreme sports. But when that gets her in trouble with the law over some resultant property damage, Haley's father has her sent to the Vickerman Gymnastics Academy in Houston.

That's suitable punishment since she was once a promising gymnast who walked out on the sport and her teammates during a national competition. No longer wanting anything to do with that, she's not pleased to be under the tutelage of controversial trainer Burt Vickerman (JEFF BRIDGES) or in the same class as the snobby but somewhat dimwitted Joanne Charis (VANESSA LENGIES), particularly since the two teens instantly clash.

Haley has no intentions of practicing, but when she realizes she has nowhere else to go and that she could potentially win some money to help pay reparation for her earlier actions, she has a change of heart. Training with Joanne as well as other aspiring gymnasts including Wei Wei Yong (NIKKI SOOHOO) and Mina Hoyt (MADDY CURLEY), Haley sets out to get herself ready for the big competition, but must contend with her reemerging disdain for the sport's rules, restrictions and criteria for being judged.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
It's a good bet many tween and younger teenage girls will want to, as might anyone who's a fan of someone in the cast.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For some crude remarks.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • JEFF BRIDGES plays the somewhat controversial gymnastics coach who tries to talk some sense into Haley while also instructing the other girls. While we learn that he seems to be working just for the money (especially regarding Haley), he does seem to want the best for them. He uses a bit of profanity and briefly drinks.
  • MISSY PEREGRYM plays the bitter and angry juvenile delinquent who's sent to Burt's academy as part of her punishment for trespassing and property damage. She has a bad attitude at the beginning, but eventually comes around in wanting to improve herself and help the others. She uses some profanity.
  • VANESSA LENGIES plays her immediate rival in Burt's school who clashes and competes with her, although that eventually softens a bit as the diva loosens up and finds herself attracted to Poot.
  • NIKKI SOOHOO plays another girl enrolled at Burt's school who dreams of making it big, but isn't completely sure of herself or her abilities.
  • MADDY CURLEY plays the fourth girl there who's a bit dimwitted.
  • JOHN PATRICK AMEDORI plays one of Haley's close friends and fellow extreme sports enthusiast who finds himself drawn to Joanne.
  • KELLAN LUTZ plays their other friend who doesn't like Joanne but enjoys farting in front of the others.
  • CAST, CREW, & TECHNICAL INFO

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    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    The following is a brief summary of the content found in this comedy that's been rated PG-13. Profanity consists of a partially silenced use of the "f" word (used in a song with "mother") along with several "s" words, while other expletives and plenty of colorful phrases are uttered. Some sexually related dialogue is present, as is the sight of various athletically trim teenage girls in various sorts of small, tight and/or revealing athletic attire. Various adult women and a few teens show cleavage.

    All sorts of potentially imitative behavior is present, as are varying degrees of bad attitudes (mostly played for comedy), while some tense family material (parents and teens not getting along or seeing eye to eye) also occurs. Some crude humor and remarks are present, while there's brief drinking, and some physical contact (mostly comedy based) between various people, along with some hard falls in gymnastics and brief property damage.

    Should you still be concerned about the film's appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home, you may want to look more closely at our detailed listings for more specific information regarding the film's content.


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • After Haley says she got her GED at 15, Joanne dimly asks what drunk driving has to do with graduating from high school.
  • Burt has wine where others drink.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • One of Burt's large male assistants (Ivan) picks up Haley and carries her over his shoulder, prompting her to say, "Don't you dare fart."
  • Burt tells Haley that if she "pisses" where he eats, "you don't eat." Since he's eating, she snidely asks if that means he's eating her piss.
  • Poot jokes that if Frank used the spray the girls use (to adhere their leotards to their skin), his head would stick to his butt "cuz it's already up there."
  • Frank says something bad is going to happen and then farts, causing Haley and Poot to react adversely to the smell.
  • People react to Frank farting again.
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • After causing property damage at a house under construction, Haley runs from the police (but is caught and arrested). We then hear this isn't her first run-in with the law.
  • Haley's dad is upset with her and says she's the one who gave up, adding that he guesses she learned that from her mom. He then says she used to be a good kid, with her replying that he used to be a good dad and thus guesses they're even.
  • Haley purposefully runs in a goofy fashion toward a vault (arms flailing about, etc.), just to spite Burt.
  • Joanne and Haley immediately clash and don't get along for most of the film (until the end).
  • Haley disobeys Burt in doing a gymnastics stunt.
  • Poot and Frank aren't respectful to Burt in his academy (calling him "gramps"), with one asking, "What's up your butt?" and then saying that whatever it is, it's sideways.
  • Joanne tries to psyche out her competitors.
  • Haley's former teammate throws a drink onto Haley just before a competition (for walking out on their team two years ago).
  • When asked to sit down by others in the stands, Poot and Frank stand up even higher in front of those behind them.
  • Joanne tries to turn Mina and Wei Wei against Haley by making them question Haley's motives in giving advice to them.
  • Haley's mom informs Haley that her dad is paying Burt four times the amount of anyone else (and thus questions Burt's motives in keeping her there).
  • Poot thinks that Joanne is "hot," with Frank saying she has an "apple butt."
  • Frank tells Joanne that he thinks she's a "bitch."
  • Haley implies that her former coach broke up her parents' marriage when she says that she listened to that coach long enough for him to "hook up with my mom."
  • Joanne's mom, Phyllis, refuses to allow her to attend prom, saying she's a 24-hour gymnast and that's it. Joanne eventually stands up to her.
  • Joanne's mom, Phyllis, has a bad attitude to Burt, saying they don't pay him for "maybe" (referring to his assessment of Joanne's chances of making the Olympics).
  • A judge has a bad attitude toward Burt and thus gives his gymnasts lower scores than warranted.
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • None.
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • None.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases: "Where's my sh*t?" "That sh*t was legendary," "I'm not popping sh*t," "(She's a) Bitch," "Are you crazy?" "Gee, Pariah Carey," "Deja-jealous," "You sucked," "Mouse turds," "Is he keeping your brains in jars?" "This is like globally unfair," "Piss off," "What the..?" "You're a total cliché," "Step away from the ball," "Rebel without a plause," "You suck," "Dorky," "Just to make sure you still suck," "Dude," "It's the devil's candy," "What's up your butt? Whatever it is, it's sideways," "Gramps," "Nuts" (crazy), "I'm so sure I'm practically deodorant," "You're seriously senile," "Wusses," "If you're gonna eat mat, eat mat hard," "Shut up," "It's not called gym-nice-tics," "Ass calluses," "You will have a cardio-vasectomy," "Who died and made you Nadia?" Anything to get out of this tard" (leotard), "I totally hate you right now," "Call me" (followed by "Stalk you"), "Oh crap," "That just blows," "So lame," "Diva" (followed by "De-vil"), "I'd kick your ass," "Way to stick it," "I'm not here to screw you over" and "Maybe I would just tell them to stick it."
  • Various gestures (such as using one's hand as a fake phone, etc.) and witty/snarky comments or put-downs by some of the teens might be enticing for some kids to imitate.
  • Some kids might be enticed to copy the skateboard and bike stunts shown at the beginning of the film (where a boarder and biker separately go down off a roof of a house that's under construction, over the scaffolding, down to a pool slide and then into the waterless pool).
  • Haley and others occasionally give the "devil's horns" hand sign (also the Texas Longhorn gesture where the index finger and pinky are raised).
  • We see all sorts of graffiti in Haley's bedroom.
  • Throughout the film, we see the teenage gymnasts in various sorts of training and competitive attire. Most of it's tight, small and/or form-fitting, such as tiny shorts, sports bras and standard leotards, and many scenes feature the teens' bare midriffs.
  • Haley purposefully runs in a goofy fashion toward a vault (arms flailing about, etc.), just to spite Burt.
  • Poot and Frank are dressed like bank robbers (pantyhose or something similar over their faces) when they play raid the Academy to try to "rescue" Haley.
  • Joanne flexes her biceps when saying that she has a constitutional right to bear arms.
  • Haley gives what may be the "f-you" gesture with her arms (one hand into the bent elbow of the other) while on the balance beam.
  • Poot jokes that if Frank used the spray the girls use (to adhere their leotards to their skin), his head would stick to his butt "cuz it's already up there."
  • Frank has a tattoo.
  • After we hear that Mina got a deduction since her bra strap was showing during a competitive event, Haley and other girls purposefully lower the shoulders of their leotards to grab and/or expose their bra straps (an act of defiance but nothing explicit is seen).
  • Joanne licks her finger and touches her leotard-covered butt (in a "sizzle" sort of fashion).
  • Wei Wei does a sassy routine on the balance beam, as does Haley in her floor exercise.
  • JUMP SCENES
  • None.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • None.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • There are various songs on the soundtrack where we couldn't hear or fully understand the lyrics, thus presenting the possibility of them potentially containing additional objectionable material. That said, we heard an incomplete use of the "f" word (it starts with "mother" where the last part has obviously been silenced) and the term "bitch" and phrase "damn boring."
  • The song "Goody Two-Shoes" has the repeated lyric, "You don't drink, don't smoke, what do you do?"
  • PROFANITY
  • At least 1 incomplete "f" word (used with "mother" in a song), 3 "s" words, 1 possible slang term using male genitals (what sounded like "d*ck"), 1 for breasts ("boobs"), 4 asses, 1 crap, 1 damn, 2 uses of "Oh my God" and 1 use each of "God" and "Jesus."
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • Haley's mom Alice shows cleavage.
  • We see a tracking shot between various female gymnasts' spread legs on a balance beam as the camera moves in to show Burt (the girls are in standard leotards).
  • Throughout the film, we see the teenage gymnasts in various sorts of training and competitive attire. Most of it's tight, small and/or form-fitting, such as tiny shorts, sports bras and standard leotards, and many scenes feature the teens' bare midriffs.
  • We see miscellaneous cleavage.
  • Haley shows some cleavage.
  • We see Haley in a sports bra and very small and now wet shorts when she gets out of a tub of ice water.
  • After Haley tells Mina and Wei Wei to imagine the judges doing what they do (regarding gymnastics - and to calm down their nerves), we see imagined views of just that, including a male judge whose pants have come down and we see him in tight briefs. Haley then tells them not to think of the judges naked as that's gross, but Wei Wei says it's too late (but we don't see her imagined view).
  • We see a close-up view of some sort of spray being applied to the girl's skin under their leotards around their butts (to prevent the fabric from riding up) and thus see some bare skin there (but nothing explicit).
  • Seeing some non-gymnasts leaving with some guys, a gymnast asks what those girls have that they don't. The answers are lives, time and Haley saying "boobs."
  • Haley's mom shows more cleavage.
  • Warning Burt not to get on the trampoline (for fear of his safety), Joanne dimwittedly says he'll have a "cardio-vasectomy" and tells him to "think of your penis."
  • Poot thinks that Joanne is "hot," with Frank saying she has an "apple butt."
  • We see some of the girls doing cartwheels and such in prom dresses in a department store and briefly see their underwear while they're upside down.
  • Frank says that Poot is "whipped" by Joanne (referring to the saying that's usually accompanied by a slang term for female genitals), with Poot replying, "Why is that a bad thing? Ever?"
  • Joanne licks her finger and touches her leotard-covered butt (in a "sizzle" sort of fashion).
  • SMOKING
  • None.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • Haley's dad is upset with her and says she's the one who gave up, adding that he guesses she learned that from her mom. He then says she used to be a good kid, with her replying that he used to be a good dad and thus guesses they're even.
  • Haley implies that her former coach broke up her parents' marriage when she says that she listened to that coach long enough for him to "hook up with my mom."
  • Joanne's mom, Phyllis, refuses to allow her to attend prom, saying she's a 24-hour gymnast and that's it. Joanne eventually stands up to her.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • After causing property damage at a house under construction, Haley runs from the police (but is caught and arrested). We then hear this isn't her first run-in with the law.
  • Haley argues what's the point of competing in gymnastics where conventionality is preferred and judged over originality.
  • Haley's comment that she wasn't great at gymnastics, but rather was obedient.
  • Haley commenting that she's sick of being judged, with Burt noting that she's nevertheless judgmental herself.
  • Haley telling Burt that she has nowhere else to go (when he's tired of her attitude).
  • We hear that Burt's gymnastics career was cut short when he fractured his spine.
  • A legal judge's comment to Haley that a lot of great people had jerks for parents.
  • The comment that consistency over flash rules when it comes to being judged in gymnastics.
  • The comment that it's not how one does, but rather how one follows the rules (when it comes to being judged in gymnastics).
  • The fact that the girls conspire to scratch their entries in a collective fashion so that they, and not the judges, can decide who wins.
  • VIOLENCE
  • While doing stunts at a house under construction, a skateboarder wipes out in a waterless pool (he's okay), while Haley ends up blasting her bike through a window, shattering it (and causing thousands of dollars of damage).
  • Burt purposefully knocks Haley off a balance beam where she was seated (in a coach sort of fashion).
  • Haley grabs Joanne by the throat and they have to be separated.
  • We see a montage of Haley falling hard on various mats during training.
  • One of the girls accidentally lands crotch first on a balance beam.
  • Burt does some stunts on a trampoline and then bounces off it (off-camera impact, and played for laughs, but we later see his arm in a sling).
  • We see an imagined bit of gymnasts pushing over others to take their place as winners, with another shot showing a male judge doing the same to one girl.



  • Reviewed April 25, 2006 / Posted April 28, 2006

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