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Two, four, six, eight, this flick's okay, it's just not great! Actually, this cheerleader's tale could've really misfired, but director Peyton Reed was smart enough to plant tongue firmly in cheek, much in the way Clueless made high school bimbettes tolerable. Led by the likable Kirsten Dunst, the five-time championship-winning squad uses any means necessary--like hosting a bikini car-wash fund-raiser or stealing the competition's moves--to return the team to the national finals.
Problem is the opposing troop (featuring the members of the R&B group Blaque) is stacked with talent, so Dunst's crew must enlist a freaky choreographer and a punked-out gymnast to get a new groove on. Cheating boyfriends and cheerless social commentary on race and sexual preference aside, this is pretty light, peppy fun, especially when the gals are showing off their, um, spirit in those high-kicking cheers.