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Fired Up! 2009

The two most popular guys in high school decide to ditch football camp for cheerleader camp. For the girls and for the glory...

Release Date:
February 20, 2009
90 min
Will Gluck
Julianna Guill, Edie McClurg, Eric Christian Olsen, ...

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Solar rating: 7.8


Imdb rating: 6.2

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The premise for Fired Up is similar in style to every other teen movie. But the actors fit very well in their roles, they're given good to decent dialog, and they must have been given good direction, because I found myself really buying into this movie about a half hour in. I hate being forced into a 'suspension of disbelief', but this movie doesn't make you work too hard to like it.

When I got home I had to look up the writer because the dialog was impressive for a teen comedy. That person is Freedom Jones, who has apparently done nothing else (yet). Can't even tell if Freedom is a he or a she.

It does have about the normal dose of the common cliches, which brings the rating down to a 7. Bottom line: if you see it, you'll have fun. And that's what I want out of a comedy.
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This comedy is played out
This is your basic fun teen comedy. Buy a ticket, get your popcorn and be ready to laugh.

Just when you thought the Bring it On "franchise" had all but exhausted every possible iteration of the Bring It On formula after Bring It On: In It to Win It (which followed Bring It On: All or Nothing, and Bring It on Again, DTV efforts, all), along comes Fired Up, a rude, crude, vulgar, offensive, raunchy-for-raunch's-sake teen comedy that pushes the PG-13 rating to the limit (and maybe beyond, but don't tell the MPAA). helmed by first-time director Will Gluck and written by first-time screenwriter Freedom Jones, Fired Up is lowbrow comedy for lowbrow-loving moviegoers and, in three months time (or less), video watchers.

Shawn Colfax (Nicholas D'Agosto) and Nick Brady (Eric Christian Olsen) seem to be living the dream of every hyper-heterosexual, self-satisfied, over-confident teenage American male: they're ultra-popular high-school jocks for the Gerald R. Ford High School Tigers, star wide receiver and star quarterback, respectively. With popularity comes the usual perks, including dating and, apparently, discarding every available female at their high school. When Shawn and Nick's profanity-loving coach, Byrnes (Philip Baker Hall), informs the team that he's holding spring camp in El Paso, Texas, they find the ultimate escape: an all-expenses paid cheerleading camp. There, they hope to take the cheerleading squad led by Carly (Sarah Roemer) from the bottom of the ash heap to one of three spots in the state finals. A rival cheerleading squad led by the very (fake) blonde Gwyneth (AnnaLynne McCord) stands in the way of Carly's ambitions for the cheerleading squad.

That's not really what Shawn and Nick want, of course. With more than 300 female cheerleaders at the camp and an extremely favorable male-to-female ratio, they expect to score every chance they get (i.e., whenever they're not on the practice field). While Shawn begins to develop romantic feelings for Carly against his better judgment or the minor obstacle of Carly's long-term boyfriend, Rick (David Walton), a college freshman and pre-med student, Nick eyes Diora (Molly Sims), the camp's co-instructor. Diora also happens to be married to Coach Keith (John Michael Higgins). Brewster (Adhir Kalyan), Shawn and Nick's very gay roommate, Downey (Jake Sandvig), their other roommate, and Poppy (Juliette Goglia), Shawn's super-bright, super-obnoxious younger sisters, round out the supporting characters.

Freedom Jones' screenplay for Fired Up holds exactly zero surprises when it comes to the narrative and character arcs. Shawn and Nick's rehabilitation is a foregone conclusion from the moment they step on to the screen with their overly confident macho swagger. Shawn learns to value of heterosexual monogamy, but only after he's thoroughly exploited every available opportunity for sex in high school and, at least early on, at camp. As his counterpart and foil, Nick doesn't quite learn the same lesson in heterosexual monogamy, but he learns to support his bro's romantic aspirations, even if he disagrees with them. All of it, of course, leads to the cheerleading competition that's become a staple of the cheerleading sub-genre (actually, the same applies for all sports dramas and sports comedies).

Most moviegoers, however, won't (or don't) care much about lessons in straight monogamy or friendship. They understandably expect a high level of laughs to running time and, in that respect, Fired Up delivers, more or (often) less. While most of the comedy in Fired Up centers on Shawn and Nick's energetic pursuit of sex and the by now derivative send-up of cheerleading and cheerleaders introduced (and perfected) in Bring It On, Fired Up also relies on the usual lowbrow stand-by: gay humor. Brewster covers two minority groups: he's Indian (subcontinent, not Native American) and he's a stereotypically swishy gay male. When Brewster's not around to provide comic relief, Carly's blowhard boyfriend Rick is, usually listening to music ten (or more) years out of date. Shawn's wise-beyond-her-years sister, Poppy, is also on hand to deliver indiscriminate zingers.

The phrase, "To be forewarned is to be four-armed" (or something to that effect) certainly applies here. Fired Up cribbed-from-Bring It On storyline won't impress anyone, least of all discerning moviegoers. If you do consider yourself a "discerning moviegoer," you probably need to ask yourself why you've read this far, review wise. If (and it's a big if, the kind of if that depends on a willful suspension of your critical faculties), crude, vulgar, non-PC humor doesn't bother you (or even if you welcome it without a trace of guilt or remorse), then Fired Up includes one (or several) comedic surprises. If not, then a palette-cleansing Bring It On marathon might be in order.
Painful: The easiest way to describe watching the disaster that was "Fired Up". No, the previews for this film weren't great, but I was able to get another group of friends together to go watch it with me, and I now feel very guilty for making them sit through it. Except for one friend, who actually liked it. But, even though the previews weren't great, I thought that "Fired Up" might have a chance of winning me over, and, unfortunately, it doesn't come close.

One thing I can say, is that Eric Christian Olsen and Nicholas D' Agosto, the two guys that play Nick and Shawn, may have a long career together. The two show great buddy chemistry. However, whenever their characters are written so poorly, it's very hard to like them. In fact, I didn't care for pretty much anybody in "Fired Up". Therefore, I didn't give a damn who won the championship for cheerleading, or, shit, I forgot what the film was about already

The script for the film was horrendous, and the story was flat-out old. The film was boring, overlong (even at a mere 90 minutes), and it was one of the hardest films to pay attention to due to its terrible annoyance. This really bothered me, because I see a bright future ahead for its big stars Olsen and D' Agosto.

The audience I sat with for the film tonight was relatively large. Many, many, many middle and high-schoolers. I will admit, there are some big laughs stuffed in this film, but they are muddled under a lot of jokes that fall flat. The audience I sat with laughed, and some of them shocked by how edgy the film was for being a PG-13er. I liked that it was edgy, and a lot of the humor is very close to R-rated. But if you're gonna go so far, why not go all the way and add a little more sex and make the dialogue much more vulgar in order to achieve the R-rating?

But my main problem with "Fired Up", was that, in the end, it's a completely unmemorable film. John Michael Higgins, who recently played the manager of Shenaniganz in the good film "Still Waiting...", plays a cheer instructor and steals every scene he's in. Molly Sims plays his wife in the film, and she gives a good performance as well. And I've got advice, go out and rent "Still Waiting...", and watch a better Higgins performance, in a much more superior film than this garbage. Believe me, it's good advice.

I think that there is an audience for this film. But that audience is seventh and eight graders that go with a group of friends, and haven't ever been allowed to see a single R-rated film in their life. And they leave this film thinking: Wow! That was so funny and cool--mainly due to the raunch that they hadn't yet experienced that lies in the film. I just wish that I could advertise this to all of those middle-schoolers going to waste valuable time in their lives to see "Fired Up": borrow "Superbad" from one of your friends thats parents aren't so sheltering, and watch it while your parents are asleep. You will thank me later. But for now, "Fired Up" will probably end up being on my ten worst list for 2009, and I would like to forget about it for a while. Oh wait, I already have.

* out of ****
(One out of four stars)
Awful, stale, and completely lame.
When it comes to the majority movies, you pretty much know what you're getting, and what the movie is going for. Before you walk into the theater, you know well in advance that you're getting absolutely nothing from "Fired Up."

"Fired Up" is a cheerleading movie, combined with a nonstop barrage of sexual innuedos. It has every aspect you would expect in a teen movie: 30-year-old actors playing high school teens, a cheesy teen soundtrack, corny dialogue and an infinite supply of immature antics.

Living what would be every teenage boy's dream, Nick (Eric Christian Olsen) and Shawn (Nicholas D'Agosto) are football stars who join the Tigers' cheerleading squad so they can hook up with every girl at cheer camp. Their plans are unraveled when Shawn starts to fall for the squad's captain Carly (Sarah Roemer), and Nick chases after camp director Diora (Molly Sims). They transform from sex-crazed maniacs into guys who actually care about winning the cheerleading competition.

The variety of standard stereotypical characters don't dissapoint in their predictable roles, from Carly's pompous boyfriend Dr. Rick, to the in-the-closet guy (and girl), to the arrogant Panthers' squad who are the Tigers' rival. They all bring their own level of attempted humor, which thankfully, isn't unbearable to watch.

A comedy movie with no substance can still be fun, but there's something lacking in the the crude humor and sea of hot bodies that prevents "Fired Up" from mustering any genuine laugh-out-loud moments. But there are moments worth laughing over simply because their too silly to ignore, like Nick and Shawn's nude cheer routine. The funniest moment has to be Staples (yes, the office supply chain) and their product placement, which is real, but feels like a parody of advertising because it's so in your face.

There's quite a bit of swearing for a PG-13 movie; at one point the S-bomb is dropped more than ten times in a single conversation. Luckily, all of the sexual references are made with very clever dialogue, like the theme of the movie which is "You've gotta risk it to get the biscuit." Of course, mom always said you shouldn't eat a biscuit unless it's been properly wrapped.

"Fired Up" doesn't try to be anything it's not. It's a completely mindless movie, and thankfully it's well aware of that. However, you could watch any movie that's on TV on a Sunday afternoon and get the same payoff. Amusing? Yes. Funny? Not really. Good? Not even close, but that's obvious. It's not the kind of mindless movie worth paying to see.

RATING: 2 out of 10
Your average teen comedy. It was pretty funny.
I loved this movie. It is VERY FUNNY!
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