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Fired Up
Written by Sandra Fitzpatrick   
Thursday, 26 February 2009 00:00

ThumbnailWhat better way to follow up Academy Awards week than with a film that is a surefire bet NOT to be on the nominees list next year? FU had me anything but Fired Up!

Personally, I think it’s pretty sad that this is the kind of movie we are sending our kids to these days. And I don’t say that because of the foul language or sexual content – Hey, I was thirteen once. I say it because it is badly written, unoriginal, and delivers an unhealthy dose of negative messages. Think of it as Wedding Crashers without the brains or bared breasts. The lack of nudity is what earned it a PG-14 rating, and the lack of brains is what earns it my disapproval.

Fired Up is about Nick and Shawn, a couple of high school football muscle heads who can think of nothing but their next score – off the field if you catch my meaning. They’ll do anything for some action, so when they hear about cheerleading camp they jump at the chance to go. Two straight men surrounded by three hundred gorgeous cheerleaders - it’s every adolescent boys idea of heaven.

Of course, the girls are all airheads with boob-jobs except Carly (Sarah Roemer), the team captain. She’s different mostly because she doesn’t fall for their tricks. Nick starts to develop actual warm and fuzzy feelings for her, as opposed to his usual hot and tingly feelings. But it turns out she is just as gullible as her colleagues because the guy she is seeing is an even bigger player than Nick and Shawn are. So the boys have to help the cheerleaders win the big competition, and convince Carly that she’s more than just another conquest on their list.

If there is anything salvageable in this movie, it is the likeable lead actors (Nicholas D’Agosto and Eric Christian Olsen) who play very well off one-another. They have a lot of quick banter that keeps the movie going and often covers up just how bad the rest of the script really is. The humor is almost entirely based on their clever substitutes for curse words, which somehow makes it sound even more vulgar while keeping the PG-14 rating. For example “wrangling snooch” or “you gotta risk it to get the biscuit”. Sarcasm and innuendo are heavy and I actually laughed out loud a few times.

ThumbnailAs for the rest, it is formulaic and insulting to almost everyone – most of all the intelligence of teenage girls. The film brings to mind teen sex comedies like Porky’s from back in the 1980’s… and it really hasn’t evolved much. Wouldn’t it be better to put some effort into developing characters instead of just cup-sizes? Take a page from the American Pie movies that were even edgier but actually interesting because the characters were all multi-dimensional – even the pretty girls.

Fired Up is elevated (I use the word lightly) by its’ two lead actors, but that isn’t enough to make it worth more than a rental.