Fired Up Delivers Lukewarm Laughs

Reheated teen sex comedy gives critics little to cheer about
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 20, 2009 9:53 AM CST

(Newser) – The raunchy teen comedy Fired Up delivers a few chuckles but isn't anything to cheer about, say critics. Thirtyish actors Nicholas D'Agosto and Eric Christian Olsen play a pair of high school football jocks who go to cheerleading camp to meet babes, but the duo's comic energy is "weighed down by formula," Claudia Puig writes in USA Today.

The substitution of rapid-fire one-liners and pop-culture references for real comic development evokes "being trapped for an hour-and-a-half in a pound full of yappy puppies," gripes Michael Rechtshaffen of the Hollywood Reporter. A lack of nudity unusual for the genre won Fired Up a PG-13 rating, writes Josh Rosenblatt for the Austin Chronicle, but robbed "an entire generation of kids of the only reason to sit through movies like this in the first place."