Entertainment Weekly published Why Aren’t There More Serious Movies About Cheerleading?, in reference to the American Cheerleader movie.
Combine that formula with the hours of hard work that come into play in preparation for nationals, and the film’s story practically writes itself. So when is Hollywood going to stop looking at cheerleading as something to scoff at? When will we stop writing scenes about girls putting Vaseline on their teeth—and start writing scenes about the gymnastic abilities necessary to complete a routine, or about the girl who’s spent a year trying to make up for the fact that she fell during last year’s national competition? What about the coach who put cheerleading before her marriage and is now working through a divorce?