Fired Up!
Review – Matt Mungle

Gimme an F! Ok you get the idea. The stigma and stereotypes of cheerleading are rampant in this new teen comedy from first time writer, Freedom Jones. I think it would have served its audience better had it focused more on those cheerleading moments and less on the sexual direction of the two main characters but the end result is still plenty of laughs. Surprisingly more than expected.
Shawn Colfax (Nicholas D’Agosto) and Nick Brady (Eric Christian Olsen) have a reputation around their highschool of scoring as many points with the girls as they do on the football field. They decide to skip football camp in order to tackle the plethora of females at cheerleading camp and make it with as many girls as possible. As with all romantic teen sex romps this one follows the same routine when Shawn falls for the head cheerleader Carly (Sarah Roemer).
This film is more than predictable and the only things that make it funny are the random characters and the overall humor of the world of cheerleading. The fact that D’Agosto and Olsen are both in their late 20’s early 30’s doesn’t take away from their ability to play believable highschoolers. It could be that their age and experience make them better at timing and delivery. The acting across the board was decent. As decent as it gets with lines like, “You have to risk it, to get the biscuit”. The head camp director is played by the always brilliant John Michael Higgins who bring a familiar face. There are a lot of minor characters that keep you in stitches, the best being 13 year old Juliette Goglia as Shawn’s business minded sister Poppy. She had a quick witted delivery and played her role perfectly. Keep your eye on this young lady.

Fired Up! is rated PG-13 but may be a little risky for those 15 and under. Though not deserving of an R rating, there is quite a bit of teens making out and sexual dialogue. The gratuitous use of the female body in cheerleading uniforms and poses is there only to stimulate the male species and they use it to its full potential. So be aware of that. Otherwise I have to admit I found myself laughing a lot and more than I expected. This isn’t a film  to rush out to see and many will find its sophomoric antics and rehashed story lines a let down. The 16 to 20 year olds will get more out of it I am sure since they have no had to endure as many of these as the rest of us. I give Fired Up! 2.5 out of 5 tosses. Funny characters and good comedic acting, but not much of a unique story to build upon.

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