Stick It…in the ‘don’t watch’ pile!

Stick It, directed by Jessica Bendinger, falls short of expectations in several aspects. Not only did Stick It jump from storyline to storyline, but it also didn’t realistically portray gymnastics as it truly is. Its appeal targeted those who enjoy a cliché sports movie, and a dash of special affects. Haley Graham, once an elite gymnast, walks out on the world competition when she hears about her mother having an affair with her coach. After quitting gymnastics, Haley befriends two immature boys with whom she starts to skateboard. While out skating one day, she crashes into a window causing thousands of dollars worth of damage. Consequently, she is forced to go to Vickerman Gymnastic Academy, her once team competitor, to tame her out of control behavior. Burt Vickerman, the head coach, is assumed to be obnoxious and selfish. He is the coach who produces more injuries than gymnasts. However, Vickerman is only portrayed as greedy and selfish in one scene. This scene shows him telling several parents that their kids if they stick with gymnastics, they will go to the Olympics one day. But then the rest of the movie, Vickerman is supportive, caring, and produces amazing gymnasts. This bipolar personality creates confusion as to what his true personality is. Miraculously, but most definately not realistically, Haley pulls a round-off double back tuck off the beam as a way to rebel to her coach, Vickerman. Not only would a trick that difficult be impossible to complete after not practicing for two years, but also there are very few gymnasts who would disobey their coaches. To show Haley disrespecting her coach mocks the immense discipline and respect that most gymnasts have. As Haley prepares herself for her second world competition, she meets her fear of choking for a second time. But once she tells Vickerman why she failed to compete her floor routine at her last world competition, everything magically seems to be obtainable, including her floor routine. The world competition is where Bendinger incorporates most of her visual effects. They don’t add to the movie, but are fun to see neverthetheless. For the last 25 minutes of the movie, the girls decide to forfeit all but one girl for each event to show the judges that their unreasonable rules shouldn’t determine the winner. Predictably they chose Haley to compete floor. She wins the event, everyone is happy again, and then the movie is over. The ending is the only unpredictable scene, because a concluding scene is expected and there simply isn’t one.