Torrance Shipman (Kirsten Dunst) is a typical all-American high school girl. Since being been named captain of her school’s championship-winning cheerleading squad, the San Diego Toros, she’s on top of the world. She’s determined that nothing — not even her homework, her nagging parents or her perfect college boyfriend — get in the way of leading her squad to its sixth consecutive national title. But the Toro’s have some stiff competition this time out from the Clovers, an inner-city, hip-hop squad from Los Angeles.
When Torrance learns that her predecessor has been stealing cheer routines for years from the rival squad, she realizes that the Clovers and their captain Isis (Gabrielle Union) are looking to even the score — and that the Toro’s are in big trouble. Things get even worse when Torrance finds herself falling for Cliff (Jesse Bradford), an outsider from school with whom she normally would never associate, and with the national championships only a few weeks away, the pressure is on.