Stick It
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Haley Graham is a rebellious 17 year-old who is forced to return to the regimented world of gymnastics after a run-in with the law. A judge sentences Haley to her ultimate nightmare -- attending an elite gymnastics academy run by legendary hardnosed coach Burt Vickerman. Haley's rebellious spirit and quick-witted banter quickly shakes things up at the strict school - making both close friends and bitter foes along the way. Haley surprises herself as she discovers an unexpected ally in the form of her new coach, and learns respect is a two-way street. Haley, Vickerman, and a group of his… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 31%

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"Star Missy Peregrym shows more promise in her first feature, despite the fact that her teenage years are clearly behind her, and her charismatic screen presence enlivens an otherwise dull film."
‑ Anna Smith, Time Out
"There is a positive message in the film, often obscured by the bogus punk attitude."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"A message of competitive independence permeates debut director Jessica Bendinger's spunky movie about Haley Graham (Missy Peregrym) a headstrong gymnast-disguised-as-rebel who learns to embrace her talents by way of careful coaching from Jeff Bridges."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"an essence of by-mistake-80s-homage is the only thing keeping this movie at the crust of the rest of made for TV teen flicks"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"'This sport is a total joke!' fumes the spunky gymnast heroine of Stick It, a sentiment that will be shared by anyone who wastes their hard-earned on this silly teen comedy."
‑ Neil Smith,
"A deliriously, defiantly unfocused headrush..."
‑ Scott Brown, Entertainment Weekly
"Yes, we're in the world of elite gymnastics, and Jessica Bendinger's Stick It is an enjoyable exercise in girl power."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Like most sports movies, Stick It has a message: Unless they're equipped with loads of sass-back and a pile of band T-shirts that announce their hardcoreness, female gymnasts are really, really stupid."
‑ Tricia Olszewski, Washington City Paper
"Stick It was not made for fat, bald guys in their mid-30s. So is it a big surprise that I didn't like the movie?"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Missy Peregrym is a real find - she gives an energetic, funny and extremely physical performance, to the point where you feel exhausted just watching her."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"I love Jeff Bridges, but watching him mumble and stumble his way through this part, I wondered if maybe he was up before a judge who gave him two choices -- jail or starring in a really bad gymnastics movie."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"It's a credit to [writer/director] Bendinger's attention to the little details that make Stick It feel so unique and entertaining -- poking fun at elite-level child athletics while still respecting its young characters and their feelings."
‑ Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
"A middle-aged white guy who's not a perv can actually enjoy the snappy dialogue, astounding athletics and solidly sentimental sports clichés."
‑ Frank Lovece, Film Journal International
"...sample line of dialogue: "I'm so sure I'm practically deodorant!""
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"The script fights well against the cliche-ridden plot but this is very average all round."
‑ Simon Braund, Empire Magazine
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