The Review at a Glance: (max score: 5 )
Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
Studio and Year: Sony Pictures - 2009
MPAA Rating: PG-13/Unrated
Feature running time: 90/91 minutes
Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 2.40:1
Audio Format(s): English/French/Portuguese Dolby TrueHD 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese
Starring: Nicholas D'Agostino, Eric Christian Olsen, Sarah Roemer, Molly Sims, Danial Harris, Philips Baker Hall
Directed by: Will Gluck
Music by: Richard Gibbs
Written by: Freedom Jones
Region Code: A,B,C
Blu-ray Disc release Date: June 9, 2009
"This is not a cheerleading movie!"
In this laugh-out-loud comedy, Ford High's star football players Shawn Colfax and Nick Brady scheme to ditch football camp so they can spend the summer surrounded by beautiful girls at cheer camp. The guys are having the time of their lives as they use their new reputation as "sensitive guys" to talk the hotties into skinny dipping, cheering naked, and hooking up. But when Shawn falls for the gorgeous head cheerleader who's suspicious of their motives, the players must change their game to prove Shawn's intentions before the thrilling cheer competition finals.
Fired up is a harmless and typical teen comedy that doesn't offer anything new to the genre. The idea of two horny high school guys deciding to find a way to hook up with girls has been covered in various incarnations. The story is pretty conventional but the three leads bring a bit of charm and enthusiasm to their characters. The supporting players lead by John Michael Higgins, Molly Sims, Edie McClurg, and Philip Baker Hall bring plenty of experience to the otherwise young cast. I couldn't help but feel a little embarrassed that a character actor with Philip Baker Hall's pedigree appears as the foul mouthed football coach. There were a few funny moments and some cleverly written dialogue. I especially liked the many ways that Dr. Rick (David Walton) found to use Carly's (Roemer) name in some sort of rhyming fashion. Both the unrated and theatrical versions are included. The unrated version adds an additional minute to the theatrical runtime. There is a playback option available when viewing the unrated cut that will add an onscreen pop up marker when a scene not included in the theatrical version is playing. I didn't see that any of that footage added anything of substance to the film. When all was said and done I found Fired up to be mildly entertaining and probably best suited for its target audience.
The film contains crude and sexual content throughout, partial nudity, language and some teen partying. The unrated cut offers a bit more of the same.
AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65
**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**
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Fired up comes to Blu-ray from Sony Pictures featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 26 mbps and lossless Dolby TrueHD 5.1 channel audio that has an average bitrate of 3 mbps.
This is a high bitrate video encoding that looks great. High level detail is present throughout so that images are rendered with pristine quality. Colors are bright and overly saturated which made them sometimes appear exaggerated when there were scenes where hues were present onscreen in multiple layers. Overall they are pleasing to the eye with vivid textures and lush variety. Flesh tones are warm with natural looking complexions that have appreciable tonal delineation among the various cast members. Contrast and black levels were good enough that blacks appeared noise free and deep while whites were punchy without being devoid of detail and appearing over cooked. I didn't see any signs of video related artifacts or compression noise. The lossless audio presentation is quite good and easily renders the source elements with excellent clarity and punchy dynamics. Dialogue and front channel audio is delivered with defining tonal variation and crystal clarity. The surrounds aren't active at all times but support the front oriented presentation where appropriate and adds spatial extension to the film's music. The mix isn't aggressive but does create a stable and enjoyable sound experience that mated well with the tone of the film.
- Theatrical and Unrated versions
- Commentary with Director Will Gluck, Nicholas D'Agostino, and Eric Christian Olsen
- (HD) This is not a cheerleading movie: The making of Fired up - 15 minute featurette
- (HD) Double Duty - 6 minute feature
- Gag reel - uncensored version - 8 minutes
- Fired up! Press junket - Hour 12 - faux interview - 2 minutes
- (HD) 12 BD previews
- BD-Live enabled
- Digital Copy Bonus Disc - A standard definition version of the film that can be downloaded from a compatible PC to a portable media device.
Fired up is a teen comedy that offers its share of typical spoofs and standard fare humor that brings nothing new to the table. Genre fans will probably appreciate it more but it does have its share of laughs and goofy moments. It's Blu-ray Disc presentation doesn't standout but is notably solid nonetheless. The bonus supplements are highlighted by the making of featurette and as a whole seem perfectly suited to the film. If teen comedy gives you a chuckle throw this one in your rental queue.
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