“You messed with the wrong cheerleader coach!”
Okay, so no one actually says that in this film, which is a bit of a shame. Still, I absolutely loved The Wrong Cheerleader Coach, a film about what happens when the new assistant cheerleading coach at the local high school becomes obsessed with the father of one of her cheerleaders. Let’s just say that things don’t go well but everyone still remains very enthusiastic and full of pep and vigor.
In this case, the wrong cheerleader coach is Devan (Johanna Liauw), who offers private lessons to Hanna (Madi Burton). It’s not because Devan cares about whether or not Hanna makes the squad. Instead, it’s because Devan is obsessed with Hanna’s father, a widower and construction worker named Jon (Corin Nemec). When Devan discovers that John is actually dating a woman who wears glasses, Devan goes out and buys some glasses for herself. I have to applaud Devan for taking that extra step. My eyesight is terrible and getting worse by the day. I usually wear contacts but I may start wearing my glasses just because Devan and Jon’s girlfriend, Melissa (Bailey Kai), make them look so cool.
Anyway, Devan is obsessed with Jon but when Jon basically says, “I don’t like you and stay the Hell away from my daughter,” Devan goes all crazy. It’s unfortunate because Devan really does appear to be a good coach but the whole psycho thing will probably keep her from moving forward in her profession. I mean, Hanna does become a much better cheerleader as a result of working with Devan.
This is one of Lifetime’s “Wrong” movies. All of these films are directed by David DeCoteau and they all feature Vivica A. Fox in a supporting role. This time, Fox plays the head cheerleading coach, the one who gives Devan a stern talking to when Devan starts to lose her mind. Also appearing in the film is Tara Reid, who has a cameo as a former co-worker of Devan’s. It’s a bit of Sharknado reunion, as both Fox and Reid appeared in that classic franchise. (That said, Reid and Fox actually share any scenes in The Wrong Cheerleader Coach so don’t watch this film expecting to hear random jokes about flying sharks.)
Anyway, I always enjoy the “Wrong” films because they always seem to feature a big house and a lot of melodrama. That’s certainly the case with The Wrong Cheerleader Coach. In fact, one could say that this film is absolutely shameless in the way that it embraces the melodrama but that’s a good thing! There’s enough shame in the world. The “Wrong” films are unapologetically over-the-top and kitschy and it’s impossible not to love them.
The Wrong Cheerleader Coach is fun. It’s got Corin Nemec, who is one of the most likable actors on the planet. And it’s got Vivica A. Fox playing yet another no-nonsense authority figure, which is a role that she plays very well. In the role of Devan, Johanna Liauw goes crazy with class. It’s a fun movie.