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2006-12-23 21:28:54.209539+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

Occasionally we see movies where we think "how the hell did that get made?". Actually, that's probably most movies we see, but usually it's in the "who thought that was a good idea?" vein. In this case, it's the "witty dialog, impressive stunts, entertaining, how did that get through the studio system?" meaning.

The film is Stick It[Wiki], "it's not called gym-nice-stics". For some reason it had caught my eye when it was on posters at The Lark, but of course we didn't see it there during its week or so run, but we've stumbled across it once or twice at the video store, and last night, looking for something completely brain-dead, we rented it.

We ended up watching it again this morning with the director's commentary.

Part of this may be expectations, it's a movie about obsessive teenagers, but from the really impressive stunts of the inciting incident through the banter and the fact that it's dealing with the flaws and beauty of gymnastics, not teen interpersonal issues, it kept us entertained both times. Recommended.

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#Comment Re: I liked it, too made: 2006-12-24 03:43:03.731398+00 by: Shelley

I also like it. I loved the commentary about the judges, and I really thought it was an honest look at gymnastics, but I also enjoyed that it featured young girls who were not obsessing about boys.


#Comment Re: made: 2006-12-24 04:27:24.733107+00 by: Dan Lyke

Yeah. That it was a story of teenagers, but dealing with adult issues, and that the resolution to the conflict didn't involve the trite "pulling off the best performance ever and triumphing at the competition" put it in a different league. Had it just been a "girl has to win big meet" film that would have been different.

And, yeah, I thought characters who obsessed over sport rather than adolescent relationships was good.

I'd like to find ways to celebrate athletic acheivement that don't descend into petty politics, but I think that's mostly about finding people who are trying out new and interesting things locally to us and cheering them on, rather than reducing everything to going for the gold.