Review – Cheer Up / Sassy Go Go
Plotline: The top 5% of an elite high school belong to the Cheerleading Club, but in name only… these kids just use the club space to further their studies. Next door, the bottom 5% dance their pants off in a Hip Hop Club, annoying the nerds who share a wall with them. When one of the top students worries her extracurriculars aren’t meeting Ivy League standards, it is suggested they turn their fake cheer club into a real one and try to win Regionals. Unfortunately, none of the nerds can dance… so the school officials help them blackmail the Hip Hop Club into joining their team, increasing their chances of success. Love, anger, friendship, betrayal, and lots of lost sleep over exams follow.
This show was a joy ride. Just… a bunch of fun, from start to finish. The problems of these students at their high pressure school were interesting to watch. All the parents, officials, teachers, and outside pressure illustrated how complicated and stressful the system was. But overall, it was just fluffy feel good fun. Nothing too deep, nothing too serious, nothing too overdramatic. The characters were cute and likable, even the unlikable ones (shout out to Chae Soo-Bin who killed it as the near nervous breakdown #2 in the school desperate to climb to the top at any cost), and the plotlines moved quickly through the 12 episode series.
I had just finished the book Revival by Stephen King… the ending of which left me slightly traumatized… so I needed something light weight and heart warming to ward off the nightmares. This show as perfect for that.
Overall Rating – 8.5/10 – Bring It On, Elite Boarding School Style.