It's not called gym-nice-tics.
After a run-in with the law, Haley Graham (Missy Peregrym) is forced to return to the world from which she fled some years ago. Enrolled in an elite gymnastics program run by the legendary Burt Vickerman (Jeff Bridges), Haley's rebellious attitude gives way to something that just might be called team spirit.
Sports movie cliches.....everywhere.
Guilty pleasure #1.
How could a movie about gymnastics be this good!?
"Dude, how did we not know about this sport?"
This movie is actually so great you guys. Like not even joking. Yes, some of the actors aren't up to snuff (Jeff Bridges and Missy Peregrym are exempt). Yes, the writing is a bit ham-fisted. "It's not called gym-nice-tics." Yes, the movie is about two totally disparate things. Yes, there is even a character named Poot.
BUT the cinematography is straight-up stunning--Daryn Okama has quite the fun time with the clean lines of the production design of the gymnastics world. The gymnastics are SUPER FUN TO WATCH. The main characters have a nice arc, and the message is neat too, seeing as it's certainly present, but not shoved in your face. This movie is flat-out enjoyable, with so many moments that make you say 'fuck yeah'. It's a whole lot of mid-2000s punk-rock fun. And anyone who disagrees... wait for it...
can STICK IT.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I adore the film and the soundtrack, everything about it is kinda feel good and perfect. Missy is very good as well (and fit!)
1.5 out of 5 (D+)
The movie did not get a lot of hype, but it is basically “Bring it On” for gymnastics. Very predictable and nothing really to write home about. Catch it if you are adding it to your netflix queue, but it is not necessary to bump to the top of your list.