09/04/2000 at 01:00 AM EDT
, Jesse Bradford
Even if you weren't a cheerleader in high school (and let's face it, most of us weren't), there's much to cheer for in this sassy teen comedy about a princess of pep who learns there's more to life than waving pom-poms. While Bring isn't nearly as fresh or consistently clever as Rushmore and Election, two recent touchstones of teen films with adult appeal, it's trying hard—at least in its first half—and scores points for that.
Dunst (The Virgin Suicides) shines as the short-skirted suburban cutie who slowly comes to realize that it's morally wrong to steal another school's cheers, that African-Americans can be your friends and—this is the big one—that a smart-aleck guy (Bradford, with an adorable lopsided grin) can be Mr. Right. (PG-13)
Bottom Line: Give me an F, a U and an N