Saturday, February 21, 2009
Fired Up (Screen Gems)
By Janeane White
Fired Up (opening February 20 throughout San Diego) is a movie about these two guys, Nick (Eric Christian Olsen) and Shawn (Nicholas D'Agosto), that are all about the girls. They decide that this year they don't want to go to football camp but to cheer camp instead. They figure that there are 300 girls there along with four gay guys, which means they can have as many girls as they want and not worry about rejection or consequences. Crazy things happen between Nick and Shawn: one falls in love with a girl while the other still has his head in the game. These two find a way to turn love and lust into an art form. They know exactly how to be the perfect guy for each girl. When Shawn finds what he believes to be "the one," he loses interest in all others and then truly falls in love with cheerleading. He thinks that because the girl likes it so much then he should too. When Nick says it's time to ditch the girls for an awesome party with the guys, Shawn just can't bring himself to do it. This tests their friendship and ultimately proves they are the best of buds. Then the guys perform in the competition to bring the film to an end.
I LOVED this movie! I thought it was funny. The guys are amazing and I couldn't believe they were getting away with half the stuff they were doing and yet they did. There were characters throughout the movie that the audience recognized from other shows and movies. There was even a cheerleader from one of the latest Bring It On movies. The other guys besides Nick and Shawn were suppose to be gay and they did a good job with the stereotypes. The main characters were the funniest though. They said and did the funniest things to get the girls. Some of their lines were absolutely hilarious.
The only problem I had with the movie was that the audience I saw it with included two actual cheerleading squads that would not shut up. These were not just the average cheerleaders but the stereotypical ones -- you know, the bleach blonde airheads that don't know when it's okay to cheer and when you should just be quiet. The rest of the audience was yelling at them and they just kept going. Before the movie they were cheering, during the movie they were cheering, and of course when it ended they were still cheering. Yes this movie contains cheerleaders but it really wasn't about the cheerleading itself. This movie is about two guys trying to get as many girls as possible and live out every guy's dream. I was not the only person in the audience that was actually anti-cheerleader - in fact a good chunk of it was. When the girls would go off, half the audience would yell back in reply telling them to knock it off. The movie was great but beware of the annoying cheerleaders that may be lurking in the audience.
Fired Up is rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content throughout, partial nudity, language and some teen partying.
--Janeane White is a senior at Mount Miguel High School. She enjoys movies and spends all her time at the theater. She is also interested in special effects makeup done in the movies. She is an honors student and is currently working towards early graduation. Some of her favorite movies include Queen of the Damned, Hellboy, The Descent, the Underworld series, and the Saw series.
Janeane White is a senior at Mount Miguel High School.