Stick It

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Stick It (Touchstone Movie)

“Stick It” is a sports comedy-drama film released in 2006, directed by Jessica Bendinger. The movie revolves around the world of competitive gymnastics and follows the journey of a rebellious and talented gymnast named Haley Graham, played by Missy Peregrym.

At the beginning of the film, Haley, a former elite gymnast, is caught pulling a risky stunt at a competition, leading to her being banned from the sport by the authorities. Frustrated with the intense and rigid nature of gymnastics training, she decides to leave the sport altogether.

However, circumstances change when Haley gets into legal trouble for her rebellious behavior. As a result, she is forced to return to the gymnastics world and attend Vickerman Gymnastics Academy, a prestigious training facility run by Burt Vickerman (Jeff Bridges).

At the academy, Haley must confront her past, deal with her strained relationship with her demanding coach, and navigate the highly competitive world of elite gymnastics. Along the way, she forms bonds with her fellow gymnasts, including Joanne Charis (Vanessa Lengies) and Wei Wei Yong (Nikki SooHoo).

As the story unfolds, “Stick It” not only showcases the physical challenges of gymnastics but also delves into the emotional and psychological aspects of the sport. It explores the pressure young athletes face, the sacrifices they make, and the struggle to maintain their individuality and passion in a demanding and competitive environment.

The film features impressive gymnastic routines and stunts, performed by both professional gymnasts and actors. The combination of exhilarating gymnastics sequences and witty humor adds to the movie’s appeal, making it an entertaining and enjoyable watch for both sports enthusiasts and general audiences.

Missy Peregrym delivers a charismatic and spirited performance as Haley Graham, capturing the character’s determination and rebellious nature. Jeff Bridges brings his signature charm to the role of Burt Vickerman, the unconventional and insightful coach.

“Stick It” stands as a refreshing and empowering sports film that challenges traditional gender norms and celebrates individuality and self-expression. It encourages young athletes to find their voice and stand up for what they believe in, making it a beloved touchstone film for those who appreciate stories of resilience, camaraderie, and breaking barriers in the world of sports.

Additional Details


  • Missy Peregrym: Haley Graham
  • Jeff Bridges: Burt Vickerman
  • Vanessa Lengies: Joanne Charis
  • Maddy Curley: Mina Hoyt
  • Nikki SooHoo: Wei Wei Yong
  • Kellan Lutz: Frank
  • John Patrick Amedori: Poot
  • Tarah Paige: Tricia Skilken
  • Jon Gries: Brice Graham
  • Gia Carides: Alice Graham
  • John Kapelos: Chris DeFrank
  • Julie Warner: Phyllis Charis
  • Andrea Bendewald: Madison’s Mom


  • Director: Jessica Bedinger
  • Producer: Gail Lyon
  • Writer: Jessica Bendinger

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