Her friendships with her “cheer sisters,” as well as with her new stepsister Skyler, are caring and supportive.
There’s some kissing, and sexual innuendo abounds, but there’s nothing explicit; one character, discussing his love for his car, says “At least she lets me get under the hood.” Spanish is used for some body parts: Lina suggests that her new stepdad was attracted to her mom’s tetas.
Plenty of skimpy outfits with bare midriffs and booty shorts, but it is a cheerleading movie.
When cheer squad captain Lina Cruz (Christina Milian) moves from East L. to affluent Malibu after her mom remarries, she struggles not only to fit into a new environment, but also to inject the lackluster cheerleading squad with a little Latin flavor. and Malibu kids is a bit heavy-handed at times, as are the racially-tinged barbs, but both serve the ultimate message that two disparate groups can find common ground and work together toward a common goal: winning the championship.
Her efforts are thwarted, of course, by an elitist rival cheerleading squad captained by the catty Avery (Rachele Brooke Smith), who just happens to be the sister of hunky love interest Evan (Cody Longo). Fans of this franchise will mostly want to see it for the cheerleading, and they won’t be disappointed, especially with the hip-hop and Latin-infused training scenes.
Can she overcome the stereotypes, win the boy, whip the squad into shape, and win the championship? BRING IT ON: FIGHT TO THE FINISH is predictable at best. The age displayed for each title is the minimum one for which it's developmentally appropriate.
Most of the sexual messages are served up along racial and class stereotypes: The East L. teens are sultry, street-wise vixens, while the squeaky-clean Malibu kids are either earnest naifs or elitist snobs.
But there’s nothing overtly offensive, and movie’s central messages of friendship, loyalty, and dedication make it a palatable, if not original, diversion.