American Pie has a lot to answer for, not least the copious amount of sequels and spin-offs it given has us – although the film’s involvement in the creation of the teen gross-out genre is the main offence up for question here. Some of the offerings the genre has spawned have been good, some have been bad – but if you imagined a hybrid of them all, you’d probably get Fired Up.
Shawn (Nicholas D’Agosto) and Nick (Eric Christian Olsen) are two typical high school jocks who hatch a scheme to swap their touch-downs for spirit fingers and join the school’s hottest girls at cheer camp. After plenty of slapstick obstacles, triumph eventually slaps adversity in the face and you can probably guess the rest (the main stars grow up, whilst you’d probably be wishing you were 91 minutes younger).
You have more chance of enjoying it if you’re teen – an age bracket that, curiously, few of the actors fall into (the leads are inexplicitly in their late-20s and early-30s), but it’s unlikely to leave you actually feeling fired up – not in a good way anyway. You might as well wait for Not Another Cheerleading Movie to hit the screens – there’s undoubtedly one in the making.