Bringing Nothing New
When I reviewed "Bring It On" I said it was a one watch wonder, the sort of movie which was amusing the first time but boring the second. It was the reason why I swore never to watch another "Bring It On" movie but then "Bring It On: All or Nothing" ended up in my lap and out of curiosity and the fact it starred Hayden Panettiere I thought why not. As it turns out I can give a lot of reasons why not, but then I am a 40 year old male and certainly not in the movie's target audience which I can only imagine is 13 year old girls.
Britney Allen (Hayden Panettiere - Raising Helen) is the captain of the Pirates cheerleading team and is dating the school hunk, life could not get any better, but it could get worse. When her father loses his job and the family are forced to relocate Britney finds herself at a school in the rough Crenshaw Heights district where her princess persona doesn't fit in especially with Camille (Solange Knowles) the captain of the Crenshaw Warriors cheerleaders. But with the Warriors trying out to be the dancers in a Rihanna music video they need Britney's expertise, the question is can Britney let go of the past and embrace the present and truly be one of the crew.
So I will say again, I am not in the target audience for "Bring It On: All or Nothing" and watched almost out of morbid curiosity to see how bad it could be. As such I am sure that if you are a 13 year old girl the movie probably works, the whole mix of storylines which sees Britney being all posh in a rough school and then learning the truth about some of her friends will entertain. And on top of that all the dancing from cheers to crumping and twerking will probably entertain to.
But for anyone who isn't a 13 year old girl "Bring It On: All or Nothing" is a monotonous and painful experience which recycles and mixes old storylines into something which in the end isn't that new. I can't even say the acting which relies heavily on Hayden Panettiere to make it work is that good and often is as painful as the rest of the movie. I suppose I should have expected inferior from a direct to video movie but I hoped something would have been good especially when you look on IMDB and find several positive reviews.
What this all boils down to is that "Bring It On: All or Nothing" is a movie which is made for an audience of 13 year old girls and if you are anything else it will be a painful, repetitive and unoriginal experience which even the permanent smile of Hayden Panettiere can save.