Bring It On / Work It

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By Joe Lipsett and Brenna Clarke Gray. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

To celebrate the great Kirsten Dunst/Gabrielle Union showdown of 2000, Joe makes Brenna watch Bring It On ! While some of the racial politics and its approach to queerness haven't aged particularly well, we appreciate the white girls coming in second, a competitive approach to female rivalry and a bounty of sassy dialogue.

Faring less well is director Laura Terruso and writer Alison Peck's Work It (2020) which exists solely as a vehicle for Sabrina Carpenter, whom Joe describes as a charisma vacuum. Thankfully we have the comedically styling of Liza Koshy's Jas and the cuteness of PS I Still Love You's Jordan Fischer to ease over the many, MANY bumpy parts.

Homework:

Friend of the show Miriam recommends f/f YA books:

  • Queer horror: Wilder Girls by Rory Power, Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand, and The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman
  • Juliet Takes A Breath by Gabby Rivera
  • We are Okay by Nina LaCour

Brenna catches us up on:

  • Yes, No, Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Alisha Sayeed
  • Internment by Samira Ahmed
  • Love, Creekwood by Becky Albertalli
  • Tomboy’s Survival Guide by Ivan E. Coyote
  • Don’t Stand So Close To Me by Eric Walters
  • The Prince and The Dressmaker by Jen Wang

Wanna connect with the show? Use #HKHSPod on Twitter:

  • Brenna: @brennacgray
  • Joe: @bstolemyremote

Have something longer to say or a minisode topic? Email us at hkhspod@gmail.com. See you on the page and on the screen!

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