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Fast-Paised review: ‘Stick It'

Big question: In this girly movie from the writer of "Bring It On," teenage rebel Haley (Missy Peregrym) is caught trespassing and sentenced to--believe it--a gymnastics academy. Hasn't all the humor behind high school girls' athletics been, uh, broughten?

Skip it: Haley's a brat, and Peregrym (now 23) looks way too old to be in high school. While "Bring It On" had its own bubbly charm, "Stick It" manages to suck all the air out of airheaded fun--which you could try to understand, but, like, your brain will already hurt from seeing Jeff Bridges coach gymnastics.

Catch it if: You know gymnasts that say things like, "I'm so sure, I'm practically deodorant."

Bottom line: Halfway through, you'll be ready to tell the people behind this malnourished rubbish exactly where they can stick it. Forget hitting its landing; this flick's approach never even comes close.

Bonus: Get interactive! After you see "Stick It," fall down hard while straddling a balance beam and then tell us which experience is more painful.



'Stick It'

Written and directed by Jessica Bendinger; cinematography by Daryn Okada; edited by Troy Takaki; music by Mike Simpson; production design by Bruce Curtis; produced by Gail Lyon. A Touchstone Pictures release; opens Friday. Running time: 1:45. MPAA: PG-13 for language.

Burt Vickerman - Jeff Bridges

Haley Graham - Missy Peregrym

Joanne Charis - Vanessa Lengies

Tricia Skilken - Tarah Paige

Mina Hoyt - Maddy Curley

Wei Wei Yong - Nikki SooHoo

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