432. Fired Up

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432-fired-upTitle: Fired Up
Director: Will Gluck
Year: 2009
Run time: 1hr 30m

“Two guys, Nick and Shawn, decide a two week stint at a Cheerleaders’ Camp is the perfect opportunity to score tons of meaningless romantic liaisons with lonely girls in tight-tops and short-short skirts. But their lusty plan to caress as many pom-poms as possible goes awry when one of the dudes falls in love.”

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1:51 – You can’t get in a car like that without breaking a rib, surely!
4:09 – Cheerleaders falling down has to be a bad omen.
6:27 – Coaches have anger management issues in films a lot, but I’m surprised at the language!
10:26 – “We’re athletes, we can do anything.”
14:43 – Love the girl who says “I’m just saying” to everything. I do that.
18:30 – Cheering the whole way there is more annoying than ‘are we there yet?’
22:56 – Interestingly, this film is very good at introducing an awful lot of characters in a short amount of time.
26:47 – “Prohibidado.”
30:23 – The family pom poms! I bet they get threadbare after a couple of generations.
31:56 – Day moon!
36:37 – “Not that funny a story, not even a story really. Just a fact.”
40:20 – The mascots are funny. They couldn’t really spend all time in mascot-wear.
45:35 – Ew, the cheerleaders reciting the lines from a cheerleading film.
48:31 – His moon knowledge impresses me.
57:39 – “That’s right, I’m awesome.” I like his style.
1:02:10 – He might be trying to make a point, but reading someone’s diary out loud is the worst act ever.
1:09:56 – Panda on a tricycle!
1:14:00 – How old is she?
1:22:00 – Carly fries.


There’s a sort of unwritten Film Watch rule that I don’t really bother making notes on the rubbishy movies – you know the type, teen cheerleader and beer films. Just like Fired Up.

It turns out that Mr C had watched this at some point, and when I was feeling run down and exhausted after a morning of studying, I said I was ready for a nap. He countered with a new-fangled theory that instead of napping, an afternoon non-taxing Film Watch would do the trick, and this was just the title to test it out.

It worked! I felt refreshed after watching, and also got to enjoy this along the way. I thought it was going to be awful, but it was really funny and not too predictable either. The main pair worked really well together, it felt like they were a new generation of Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn.

It’s not ground-breaking, and it won’t win any awards, but it was a fab pick-me-up during a stressful day, full of snappy dialogue and a character journey that worked!

Rating: 5/5

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