Oh yeah, Stephanie and I watched Stick It last weekend with Mike and Crystal. Say what you want about it, but this is a movie that gets teenagers right: Sullen, smartassed, unfunny, obnoxious, and bursting with a wholly unearned sense of entitlement. If you are a teenager or if you hate teenagers, this is the movie for you.
If you are not a teenager but have no strong feelings about teenagers either way, this movie will make you hate teenagers.
There is very little gymnastics in the movie--every meet is glossed over with a brief montage that leaves you wondering who even competed, let alone who won. It's jarring, because when you're watching you think maybe it's a warm-up montage, and the next thing you know, the meet is over and you didn't see anything. Forget it. It doesn't matter.
Besides teenagers and teenager haters (henceforth "haters"), the movie seems to be aimed at gymnasts who feel that the gymnastics scoring system is arbitrary and unfair. In fact, the climax hinges on this point. The movie's attitude toward gymnastics itself is deeply ambivalent, and seems to be that gymnastics would be pretty cool if only judges rated you based on how wicked rad you are instead of how good you are at gymnastics. Teenagers can relate to this because they are also judged unfairly all the time. Who are judges to judge us, anyway? Stick It confirms what every teenybopper who ever defended a boy band has always said: Anyone who ever tries to judge you is really just jealous.
Stick It also falls into the genre of movies about a hero who, without even trying, is so naturally gifted at whatever that he/she is way better than all those losers who spent their whole lives "working hard" to "accomplish goals" and "develop skills." Said losers are invariably smug assholes, putting the audience in the strange position of rooting against people who care about things enough to earn what they get. This breed of hero's main problem is always getting everyone else to finally acknowledge how inherently awesome the hero has always been. See also: Lindsay Lohan in Herbie: Fully Loaded, the protagonists of High School Musical, and Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting.
Better than the movie Stick It is the commentary for Stick It, where writer/director Jessica Bendiger reveals that the secret to staying in touch with the teenage mindset is to be a forty-year-old teenager. Her voice is practically indistinguishable from the teen stars, and equally gushing over ridiculous things ("I love how you touch your chin here."). We also learn that star Missi Peregrym won the lead role by wearing camo pants to her audition, and refers to herself as "Missi P." The commentary is not worth listening to alone, but with a group of equally appreciative friends, makes for a highly rewarding experience.