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432. Fired Up

Published May 24, 2014

Background info

Title: 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.”

Live blog

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.

Conclusions

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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