Stick It Movie Guide
By Steven Case Posted on May 17 2006
“Bring it on” with gymnastics. Seventeen-year-old rebel Haley Graham is forced to return to the world of competitive gymnasts after a brush with the police. She has to deal with her former coach--the hard-nosed Burt Vic Kerman (known for winning more crutches than trophies). Haley’s attitude wins her friends and enemies. She learns that respect is a two-way street. Haley, her coach, and the girls from the gymnastics school, band together to prove that friendship and loyalty matter more than scores and judges.
Respect is a two-way street
1 Corinthians 1:30
Game #1: Stuck on You
You will need a large supply of peel-n-stick stickers. (In a pinch you can give every kid a roll of masking tape.) On the world “Go” everyone sticks as many stickers on the other players as they can in 60 seconds. Play several rounds. You can play one round where the students are not allowed to remove stickers placed on them, and another round where they are. Vary the times and rules as you go along. The person with the least amount of stickers stuck on them at the end of the time limit is the winner.
Game #2: Reaching for your Goal
Separate your group into smaller groups based on your size. Play this game in the room of your church with the highest ceiling. Tell the students the group that can stick a sticker the highest on the wall is the winning group. They are not allowed to use tables or chairs. Option: Play an opening round where the students work by themselves.
Game #3: Are you Elite?
The Stick It Web site
has some cute games and activities including a 10-question personality test that lets you know which character is most like you. (Apparently the 42-year-old male writer of this study is most similar to the “Under the Radar” Asian girl named Wei Wei.)
- Is this a “girl movie” or a “chick flick” or none of the above? What is the difference?
- How are guys/males depicted in this film?
- How accurately does this movie depict relationships between teenage girls?
- Haley’s father says, “I don’t know what to do with you” and “You used to be a good daughter.” Why do parents get frustrated? Do they ever have reason to be?
- Coach Vickerman says, “This isn’t the real world. This is my world.” Come up with a working definition of “the real world.” Have you been there? Are you ready?
- What experience do you feel has most prepared you for the real world? What moments in your life have made you grow the most?
- Coach Vickerman has a reputation for “winning more crutches than trophies.” Can you win a trophy without crutches along the way?
- The filmmakers gave us a close shot up of Haley’s blister. What’s the difference between a blister and an injury? Now answer that question as if gymnastics were “life.”
- Who gets to set the rules?
- What are the benefits of following the rules? What is the pleasure of obedience?
- What are the benefits of breaking the rules? What’s the price?
- Does perfection exist?
- Haley says, “Sometimes you have to say I don’t care if this hurts—I’m going to do it.” Can you think of a time when you said this to yourself? Can you think of a time where you should have?
- How easy is it to build up walls around ourselves? What usually is the cause for taking them down? What are the ways the walls can come down brick by brick? What happens when the walls come down with a wrecking ball?
- Twice we get to hear the phrase: “Consistency over flash.” What does this mean in the movie? What does it mean in your life? What does it mean in your faith?
- What is the danger in consistency over flash? Vice versa?
- Read the passages from the Psalms. Does this sound like a God who does not appreciate innovation?
- Haley mentions, “Clean safe routines that are guaranteed to stick.” What are some life examples of this phrase?
- Read 1 Corinthians 1:30. How much of this movie is about forgiveness? Why is it difficult to give someone else a clean state? Do you think it’s hard for God to do with us?
- When Haley complains about being judged, her coach says: “You’re one of the most judgmental people I know.” How do we judge each other in life? How do we sometimes use our faith to judge each other?
- For the training sequence, filmmakers used the song Brain Stew by Green Day. The lyrics include this passage: My mind is set on overdrive The clock is laughing in my face A crooked spine My sense’s dulled Passed the point of delirium How does this fit in with what Haley is experiencing in her training and in her life?
- In what ways is this movie using gymnastics as an allegory for life?
- Haley’s friends were there to pick her up when she fell (sometimes literally). Do you have friends who would do that for you? Do you have friends you would do that for? How do friendships differ between girls and guys?
- The coach says, “You owe it to me to be a decent human being!” Isn’t this something we owe everyone on the planet? Why is this difficult for Haley? Why is this difficult for us?
- Haley says, “They can’t judge me. Only I can do that.” What does she mean? Why does it seem like we are our own worst critics?
- Can anyone make you feel inferior without your permission? **
- There seems to be an obvious “Jesus Moment” in the end of the film where Haley begins a speech with “I just wish there was someone who understood who and what we were.” There’s even some “church” music in the background as if she’s about to do something miraculous. Do you have to be a Christian to have a “Jesus Moment?”
- How do you explain Jesus to your friends?
- How does Jesus play into your high school life?
Creator God, you are always beside us. You steady us when we are off-balance, and pick us up when we fall. Help us to be about Flash. Only we can judge ourselves. Help us to see ourselves with the love and light that you see us with. Amen.
** Based on a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt: “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”