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Movie Review: 'Sugar & Spice'

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Sugar & Spice

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
76 minutes
Wide Release Date:
01/26/01
performer:
Rachel Blanchard, Sara Marsh, Melissa George, Marley Shelton, Mena Suvari, W. Earl Brown, Adam Busch, Alexandra Holden, James Marsden, Marla Sokoloff, Jerry Springer, Sean Young
director:
Francine McDougall
Producers:
New Line Cinema
distributor:
New Line Cinema
author:
71631
genre:
Mystery and Thriller, Comedy

We gave it a B

As jokey and blowsy about female stereotypes as The Wedding Planner is clueless and prim, Sugar & Spice isn’t a well-shaped movie, but it’s fun in its raunchy unwieldiness. Marley Shelton stars as Diane, captain of the cheerleading ”A-Squad” (”Cheer- leaders kick!” is their dim rallying cry), girlfriend of star quarterback Jack (James Marsden) — and knocked-up unwed teen. Thrown out by her parents and living with Jack in frilly penury, she needs money, pronto.

Her girl-power solution: Rob a bank. In preparation, the A-Squad studies videos of Dog Day Afternoon and Reservoir Dogs; one rebellious teammate (Mena Suvari) also gets professional advice from her mama (Sean Young!), who’s doing time in jail. Finally the cheerleaders, resplendent in American-flag capes and Betty masks, enact their own white-chick version of Set It Off.

Australian first-time feature director Francine McDougall offers a definite sense of style — bright colors, wide-screen format — but also an inconsistent sense of what’s funny about the Bonnie-without-Clyde lives of perpetually peppy, gun-toting high school girls in a post-Columbine world. B — LS

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Sugar & Spice
STARRING Mena Suvari Marley Shelton NEW LINE RATED PG-13 82 MINUTES

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