Review by Jason Donner
There is a problem with sex comedies like Fired Up and that is that most studios are too cowardly to actually make a real sex comedy anymore for fear of getting an R rating or worse. Instead, they take minor teenage-focused romantic comedies and inject a little mild sex into them hoping that this will fool the masses.
This does not a sex comedy make.
Fired Up stars Eric Christian Olsen and Nicholas D'Agosto as a pair of womanizing high school kids (which is creepy since both of them are clearly in their 30's) who get the bright idea of going to cheerleader camp so that they can both get as much sex as possible. Sounds like a great idea, right? I mean, there's absolutely no chance at all that one of them could fall for the cold leader of the cheer team who can see right through their shenanigans, right?
Fired Up is the victim of its own cowardly machinations. It wants to be raunchy, but it isn't allowed to. It wants to be dirty, but that might upset someone. It wants to be shocking, but that might give it an R rating and cut its primary audience of teenagers out. This is a movie screaming to be more dirty that it is and, when you've got a sex comedy this mediocre, being less dirty than you should be is never a good thing.
I won't even mention the fact that Fired Up isn't even that funny.
This is a movie that plays it safe which is ironic considering that the movie's catchphrase is "you have to risk it to get the biscuit.” This movie risks nothing making it not only wimpy and unfunny, but also touch hypocritical.
I can't think of a single character in this movie that wasn't annoying in some way or another. The girls are idiot airheads and the entire movie is headlined by two guys who seem to be borderline sexual predators just waiting to slip a roofie to someone.
What's worse is that the movie also tries to expound the philosophy that to be respected, you have to be cocky. It's too bad that everyone in this movie who acts cocky come off as complete jerks vomiting artificially "cool” dialogue, making them completely unappealing on every level.
If you go into this movie not expecting much, you'll probably still
be disappointed. This movie thinks small and is small. That big "F.U."
on the poster is a message to anyone dumb enough to drop money to see