Bring It On (1999)

The gold standard of cheerleader movies stars Kirsten Dunst as Torrance, a cheerleader at an upscale San Diego high school who discovers that the school’s previous captain stole all their best routines from a school in East Compton. Gabrielle Union plays her arch nemesis who is… kind of totally in the right?

Eliza Dushku and Jesse Bradford are among those rounding out the cast in this often-imitated but never duplicated early hit by future Ant-Man director Peyton Reid.

The film’s writer, Jessica Bendinger, says she became interested in the idea of cultural appropriation as a music journalist and music video director, specifically as a white creator with a strong love of hip-hop.

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