Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

'Stick It' Is, Well, Rather Routine; Drama Set in the World of Gymnastics Doesn't Provide Much Dazzle

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

'Stick It' Is, Well, Rather Routine; Drama Set in the World of Gymnastics Doesn't Provide Much Dazzle

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Byline: MATT SOERGEL

Stick It doesn't quite stick its landing, but the routine isn't bad.

It's set in the world of elite gymnastics, and looks right - a combination of acting gymnasts and stunt doubles make the action look seamless.

And writer-director Jessica Bendinger, who wrote the cheerleader saga Bring It On, comes up with a few striking overhead shots that mix gymnastics and movie musicals - pretty artistic.

The film also has a winning performer in star Missy Peregrym, playing Haley Graham, a one-time champion gymnast turned stunt-bike-riding rebel.

After a run-in with the law, she's sentenced to hard labor under a no-nonsense gymnastics coach (Jeff Bridges, underplaying) who wants her to get back into competition.

Haley slouches around in her baggy Bad Brains and Ramones T-shirts, but eventually comes around. Sort of.

Stick It lollygags around for too long as we wait for that moment; it never finds much new to say about it.

But there's some nice camaraderie between her and her fellow gymnasts, including the obligatory stuck-up one. …

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