I'm only being slightly hyperbolic when I tell you that the film Bring it On changed my life. And I'm really not exaggerating at all when I confess to knowing the opening cheer by heart. Perhaps then, it might come as no surprise when I tell you that Entertainment Weekly's Bring it On cast reunion made me actually break out into full on spirit fingers. I wish I was kidding. (Actually, no...not really. I stand behind that sentiment.)
Anyway, EW recently got the stars of the iconic cheerocracy — I mean film — together to celebrate the film's 15 year anniversary. And guess what? The cast is adorable together, etc., etc. That, of course, shouldn't come as any surprise: The cult classic has remained relevant all throughout the years, and even though it once had a not so catchy title (Cheer Fever, as EW reports), the film's always been a favorite of the '00s. This is, of course, mostly due to the unforgettable cheers, the hilarious sexual innuendos (spanky pants, anyone?) and the incredible — though at the time, mostly unheard of — cast.
Part of said cast, Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku, Jesse Bradford, and Gabrielle Union, opened up to EW about what it was like to film the cult classic. Their admissions included everything from an arrest in Mexico during filming (say what?!) to a reference to "extracurricular activities" (what ever that means?), to — get this — the confession that there's a disposable camera documenting all of this somewhere in the world (but not, I repeat, not, in the hands of TMZ). I think, based off this, we can deduce the set of Bring it On might have been even more fun/crazy than the actual movie — though that's pretty hard to top. Check out the reunion pic:
In honor of this adorbs reunion, here are all the things to feel unabashedly cheer nostalgic for, because that's now a thing, I've decided.
1. Cliff And Torrance
STOP IT. That chemistry = palpable.
2. Cliff's Band Tee
Actor Jesse Bradford told EW, "Let the record state that I bought that Clash T-shirt off of eBay, because I was worried that somebody was going to try to put me in a reproduction that was too big or whatever…" I think they call that commitment. Pay attention, kids.
3. This Song
It's actually...just what I need right now.
4. Eliza Dushku's Anti-Cheerleader Attitude
Dushku told EW, "I was a tomboy growing up and kind of an anti-cheerleader in real life. But I begrudgingly showed up for the audition, probably a little hungover. There were girls doing flips in the lobby, and I kind of cringed and dodged them and went in, and I guess [director Peyton Reed] just found that hilarious. He asked me if I could do a split, so I got onto the ground into a split, and that was it." Sounds exactly like her audition in the actual film. Coincidence? I think not.
5. The Cheer Offs
THE TENSION is so real.
6. The Burns
THAT’S ALRIGHT, THAT’S OKAY, YOU’RE GONNA PUMP OUR GAS SOMEDAY. *Mic drop*
7. And Finally...The "Hey Mickey" Epilogue/Bloopers Reel
Seriously, why do movies not include scenes like this more often?
There's really only one thing left to say: Awesome, oh wow! Like, totally freak me out! I mean, right on! The Toros sure are number one! (Still.)