Fired Up

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: -1

Content: -4

Nicholas DíAgosto, Eric Christian Olsen, Sarah Roemer. Teen comedy. Written by Freedom Jones (who must have seen Porkyís a hundred times). Directed by Will Gluck.

FILM SYNOSPSIS: Shawn Colfax and Nick Brady, the stars of the Gerald R. Ford High School football team (and womanizers of the first order) are dreading the prospect of another summer at football camp. When Nick hatches a scheme for the two to join their school's cheerleaders at cheer camp instead, they find themselves awash in a sea of gorgeous young women. Itís a smorgasbord for two young men who think of little else than ways to score. But when Shawn falls for Carly, the beautiful head cheerleader who sees right through them, he begins to find a conscious.

PREVIEW REVIEW: The poster consists mainly of the title, with the initials F U in giant capitals. This sends the signal that weíre in for a bawdy, irreverent, Porkyís-type sex farce. And sure enough, the posterís not-so-subliminal warning lived down to my expectations. Itís stereotyping is an insult to the young women of the sport of cheerleading, as well as to all sports. Itís humor, though the two male leads have timing, is base, injurious, and overly familiar.

So, Iím sitting there with a colleague, waiting for the film to start when in walks an aisle-full of high school cheerleaders, all weighing no more than 90 pounds, each disproportionately displaying the majority of the weight in the chest area. Now, Iím a Christian and Iím well aware that Iím supposed to honor these much younger ladies. But, I ainít no monk. (I just live like one.) So, the portion of me that doesnít want to sully my witness tries to look elsewhere. The mortal, earthy, weak man, on the other hand, senses his eyes pulling back to this bevy of baby beauties bouncing up the balcony steps. Well, I figure, if you got to have a sin, this beats sloth. (Just kidding.)

Each girl was wearing a tight-fitting T-shirt with the filmís two initials adorning their fronts. These shirts were obviously given to the cheer team by the studio publicists. Now thereís a message for you Ė ďWeíll give you free tickets to this movie if youíll wear our snug fitting obscenity implying t-shirts.Ē Or something like that. Suddenly, I was embarrassed for me, the girls and the rest of the filmgoers. A gaggle of bosomy underage girls with F U pushing forth into the world seemed in questionable taste. Did their dadís see those shirts? Did their coach? And why were those girls there in the first place. Okay, itís only rated PG-13 (by a fraction), but the content and the story are exploitive and coarse. This wasnít a movie about the athletic qualities of cheerleading. It was a sexploitation comedy. Didnít their parents know this would be a film filled with sexual outrageousness and uncouth situations? Didnít the F U on the poster tell them that? It was a crude comedy that exploited the female form whenever possible and sent the message that every high school guy wanted nothing more in life than to binge on sex. If their parents knew it, would they have let their girls attend?

I donít have a teenage daughter. If I did, I wouldnít let her go to this movie (read the content). And I sure as heck wouldnít let her wear that t-shirtÖSometimes I think the right guys arenít fathers.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Sony Pictures Classics

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Crude Language: Throughout by most all the guys and in a few scenes the male leadís younger sister proves to have an even fouler mouth than her older sibling.

Obscene Language: Around 30 obscenities.

Profanity: Godís name is profaned twice, as is Jesusí name Ė each by one of the leads.

Violence: A couple of punches are thrown.

Sex: While we donít see anyone in the throws of carnal bliss, the film is one long sexual joke where young men look on girls as only sex objects and most for the girls behave just as poorly; the costumes are just a bit briefer than allowed in most high schools and some of the routines are done for humor sake, which means they are suggestive and obscene.

Nudity: Backside male nudity in one scene; later three young men are seen naked, their hands cupped over their genitals; some making out and it is implied more than once that these high schoolers are having sex; one of the leads is trying to score with an older married woman; she finally gives in, committing adultery.

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Lots of sexual dialogue

Drugs: None

Other: None

Running Time: 93 minutes
Intended Audience: Teenagers

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