Fired Up (2009) - Unrated Edition

Genre(s): Comedy
Sony || Unrated - 91 minutes - $28.96 || June 9, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-06-15


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Will Gluck
Writer(s): Freedom Jones (written by)
Cast:


Theatrical Release Date: February 20, 2009


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • 2 Featurettes
  • Gag Reel


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.40)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Surround 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, French

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.::THE FILM::.

Shawn (Nicholas DíAgosto) and Nick (Eric Christian Olsen) are two of your typical jocks in high school. They consider themselves to be incredibly attractive and great with the ladies, as it becomes apparent since theyíve been with nearly every girl in their school. They play on the football team as great athletes, but even that begins to tire them. Not just the football, but also the fact theyíve literally run out of girls to go through in their town. So what can two teenagers do to find more girls? Head to Shawnís sister Poppy (Juliette Goglia) and somehow manage to go to every guyís dream: cheerleading camp.

The two scheme to get into the camp by having Poppy train them to be cheerleaders and use their routine in front of the cheerleaders at their school, including head cheerleader Carly (Sarah Roemer). After managing to convince her to take them to camp, the two friends get on the bus to camp. Thatís when hell begins for them, as the bus ride is complete horror for them. The cheerleaders actually practice their cheers the entire ride, as Poppy pointed out to them, and they begin to loathe them immediately. They arrive at their golden gate in the sky to see hundreds of beautiful cheerleaders at the camp and realize that there are very few guys, which is a great bonus for them. Upon setting foot off the bus, they think that they actually did die. They joke around that if they did they would have heard ďWe-are-crashing, We-We-are-crashing.Ē

Shawn falls in love with Carly while at the camp, but still manages along with Nick to flirt and get some from other girls in the area too. Shawn is desperate to get Carlyís attention, but it turns out that Carly has a boyfriend, Dr. Rick (David Walton), who thwarts him at every attempt. Nick pokes fun at Rickís name by changing the first letter to a different letter in many, many hilarious anecdotes throughout the movie. Can Nick and Shawn succeed at getting as many girls as possible and continuing their tradition of not falling in love, or will love get the best of the scheming duo and they realize how great life can be if you love someone? Yeah, itís probably a mix of what I just said.

This movie surprised the heck of me. After seeing that it didnít do too well at the box-office, I honestly wasnít expecting too much out of it. Then I realized just who Olsen was (Not Another Teen Movie) and the fact that the two playing high schoolers are nowhere near their age, which made the movie even better. The jokes all connect, and the cast is hilarious in their respective roles. Poppy is absolutely hysterical as the somewhat crazy sister, Carly has a few funny moments, and the conversations between Dr.Rick and Nick had me cracking up for minutes even after the jokes were done.

Iím not sure exactly what the unrated version has that the theatrical version didnít, but regardless it still is entertaining enough to keep my interest. The one complaint I have is that it is fairly short, and I wanted more when it was done. I can say that I have see it three times now as Iím writing this review, and each time it still manages to make me laugh just as much as the first time. I applaud this movie for not only being hilarious, but having the jokes and laughter coming at me on a regular basis. Other comedies should take note on how this one was made, as I hope it goes down as one of the best comedies of 2009 so far. At least it will in my book, thatís for sure.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Commentary by Will Gluck, Nicholas DíAgosto, and Eric Christian Olsen: The three mesh really well together on this commentary, as they crack jokes the entire time. They also talk about, although most of the time itís in a joking matter, about some of the stunts in the film and the cast. I strongly recommend listening to this, as it is entertaining and keeps pace for the duration of the movie.

The Making of Fired Up (16 minutes): The cast and crew talk about how ďdifficultĒ the movie was, which means that you get a great look at some of the funny moments in the movie along with some interviews. Some of the information is found in the commentary, but most of it is not. Itís an entertaining and interesting look at the movie, so if you enjoyed it like I did then be sure to watch the making of.

Gag Reel (8 minutes): The cast screws up lines from the movie, normally it results in multiple swears from said cast. Itís entertaining but sadly short, I was hoping for this to be much longer. This is still worth checking out though as it is pretty funny.

Press Junket (2 minutes): A spoof of a press junket, as the actors go off on the reporter for asking them about cheerleading. This, just like the other special features, is hilarious so be sure to watch.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

For a recent release, I expected this video quality to be top-notch. Well, thereís good and bad news. Itís not top-tier like I had hoped, but it comes fairly close. Colors are bright and vibrant, with flesh tones looking how they should and enough detail to make this look great. The problem lies with the fact that it almost appears too bright for my liking, as the color palette is a bit overblown. Thereís nothing that wrong with it except for the fact that even some of the night time scenes are too bright and not as dark as they should be. Otherwise, this is still an excellent looking movie.

On the audio side, the Dolby Digital 5.1 track that comes with the film does exactly what it should do. There are no issues here with dialogue being too low or inconsistent, as though this is mainly a dialogue-centered film. Levels were fine throughout the movie, and dialogue itself was crisp and clear. Sadly though there wasnít much of surround usage that I noted, in fact I think my sub only popped on in a few scenes then promptly turned off. Itís not really a fault of the movie, since itís not an action one, but I would have liked more surround and less front usage.



.::OVERALL::.

I loved this film. I think that both of the main actors are hilarious in it, as are the supporting cast. Even though it didnít do too well at the box-office, Fired Up! gets a second chance at winning you over with hilarious comedy in this unrated version. The technical package is above-average and the special features are funny and entertaining, almost as much as the movie. I strongly recommend a purchase right away, as this is one flick to get fired up about.