Bring It On
The Complete Story of the Cheerleading Movie That Changed, Like, Everything (No, Seriously)
by Kase Wickman
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Pub Date 06 Dec 2022 | Archive Date 22 Dec 2022
Independent Publishers Group, Chicago Review Press
Gabrielle Union, Kirsten Dunst, and Eliza Dushku have all risen to fame since their performances in the original cheer classic, but boldface names like Solange Knowles, Rihanna, Hayden Panetierre, Ashley Tisdale, and more also appeared in Bring It On films. The first-time director who helmed the movie, Peyton Reed, now has multiple Marvel smash hit films under his belt.
Not bad for a movie that almost didn’t get greenlit in the first place—but went on to win the box office its opening weekend, gross more than $90.45 million worldwide, and spawn a half-dozen sequels, a Tony-nominated musical, and a whole new genre of female-led films.
With the support of the filmmakers and producers, author and pop culture expert Kase Wickman accessed Universal's archives and conducted new interviews with cast, crew, and more for a full reveal of all the stories fans will love in this complete history and examination of the legacy of the greatest cheerleading movie almost never made.
Beyond its 20th anniversary, the legacy of Bring It On endures. It’s time we all understood how it changed, like, everything.
"Kase Wickman is a funny, sharp, and incisive chronicler of pop culture. A must-read for not only fans of this iconic movie, but all film buffs who want this inside scoop on how cinematic magic is made." --Jessica Goodman, New York Times bestselling author of They'll Never Catch Us, They Wish They Were Us, and The Counselors
"The time to call Bring It On what it's always been--the greatest sports movie ever!--is now. The book to do it is in your hands. Put the itch in your spirit fingers and Bring It On!" --Tony Reali, host, ESPN's Around the Horn
"Kase Wickman has written a smart and utterly delicious book about a beloved teen movie that treated cheerleading with the respect it deserves. Told with wit, verve, and meticulous research, this fascinating portrait of Bring It On will delight film buffs and fans of the cult classic. I loved it!" --Erin Carlson, author of I'll Have What She's Having: How Nora Ephron's Three Iconic Films Saved the Romantic Comedy and Queen Meryl
"Through meticulous research and masterful writing, Kase Wickman delves into the making of Bring It On and its legacy with the sparkling bubblegum energy of a squad of cheerleaders. An incredibly fun read that will leave a lasting impression, just like the film it explores." --Vivian Ho, author of Those Who Wander: America's Lost Street Kids
"You've already won by picking up a book about the greatest cheerleading epic ever, but Kase Wickman's obsession with Bring It On makes it nearly impossible to put this book down once you start it. This is pop culture reporting at its finest." --Jason Diamond, author of The Sprawl and Searching for John Hughes
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Average rating from 17 members
This book is a must for any fan of the film Bring It On. It's filled with behind the scenes facts and moments, the incredibly complicated path it took to get made and plenty of cast and crew anecdotes. It's a fun, nostalgic look back on an old favorite. I've definitely got to rewatch the movie now!
Thank you to NetGalley and Independent Publishers Group for the eARC in exchange for an honest review.
I'm absolutely obsessed with this. As someone who grew up cheering Bring It On was a STAPLE growing up & the beginning cheer lives in my head rent free. This was such a cool look into how the movie came to be. Cheerleading at the caliber they performed in the movie was no small feat for a newbie to learn and I'm still so impressed that they were able to pull it off! This movie has had such an impact on so many people, not just cheerleaders, its iconic for a reason. If you're into reading about film, casting, & Hollywood in general I'd definitely recommend this! Especially if Bring It On remains part of your lexicon today.
Expected Publish date: 12/6/2022
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The Bring It On movie is a millennial cult classic. This book celebrates the iconic movie that launched so many actresses to superstardom. It also details how the hit film is still relevant today and the impact it made on a generation. Go Compton Clovers!
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