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Overall Rating
2.68

Awesome: 14.63%
Worth A Look: 12.2%
Average31.71%
Pretty Bad: 9.76%
Total Crap31.71%

3 reviews, 23 user ratings


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Sugar & Spice
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by Greg Muskewitz

"Sweet and Sour."
3 stars

Boppy teen comedy about several stereotyped teenager cheerleaders who stage a bank heist.

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Sugar & Spice. Boppy teen comedy about several stereotyped teenager cheerleaders (“the mastermind,” “the virgin,” “the stalker,” “the rebel,” “the brain,” “the terminator,” etc.) who stage a bank heist by watching Heat, Dog Day Afternoon, Reservoir Dogs, Point Blank and The Apple Dumpling Gang, once the mastermind/captain becomes pregnant (“You’ve become a statistic,” one of the cheerleaders notes) and realizes that she and her boyfriend won’t be able to make it on their own. The story is told almost consistently in flashback, with only occasional breaks to the jealous B-squad Lolita brooding in the interrogation room. Because of that, the omniscient POV technique is unbelievable but the squeaky-clean spoof mentality of a Barbie’s life gone demented has its moments that make it enjoyable enough. Some of the particulars, the little details, are what flutteringly keep the comedy upbeat, such as one of the girl’s obsession with Conan O’Brien, or another one’s tough prison-mama, or how all the girls are so close, they have their periods together, etc. The girls are an amicable cast—the ebullient Marley Shelton, Mena Suvari (again, playing a cheerleader), Aussie newcomer Melissa George, wallflower Alexandra Holden, und so weiter—and the levity and superficiality of the material aims to be in good fun, so it’s hard for it to earn marks much higher than that. Sugar & Spice still could have served to be a little less isolated from the outside world, but then again, that may have tarnished the Doll House image that it was going for.

Directed by Francine McDougall. With Marla Sokoloff, Rachel Blanchard, Sara Marsh, Sean Young and W. Earl Brown.

Final Verdict: B-.

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originally posted: 12/03/01 07:52:39
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User Comments

3/12/12 Rachel Macadamia Nuts Geeez, King of the Bros, you say "fart" as if it were a bad thing! 5 stars
1/10/09 Anonymous. an enjoyable film for those who don't feel like thinking. :D 4 stars
9/25/07 Beau Funny characters, churchy one cracks me up & also mena suvari 'son of a blue-balled bitch' 4 stars
3/31/06 Anthony Feor Horible flick 1 stars
7/17/04 Jennifer born too late High school might've been bearable if I could have known cheerleaders shit and fart. 5 stars
1/15/04 Samuel stupid 1 stars
12/31/03 HELLOWEEN man where is Michael Myers murdering the cheerleaders?!?! This sucks! 1 stars
4/07/03 Jack Sommersby Superior to "Get over It" but still pretty pedestrain stuff. 2 stars
9/04/02 movie guy great 5 stars
8/12/02 Film Guy This is one of the worst movies EVER made 1 stars
6/01/02 I"m in (L) with a Jedi COOL 5 stars
3/13/02 Alan Smithee Better than I was expecting. Much better than Bring It On. 4 stars
3/09/02 Chowie fun, if u go to this film, expecting to think bout the plot, then what do u expect? 4 stars
1/29/02 Law Firm of Dewey, Cheatam & Howe Thinks its 'Heathers' meets 'Bring It On' but its really just shite 1 stars
1/25/02 Jennifer born too late High school might've been bearable if I could have known cheerleaders shit and fart. 5 stars
12/03/01 Roy Smith Bring it On is safe from competition, and by far. 2 stars
12/02/01 hilary average 3 stars
8/18/01 bobbuttons shitty 2 stars
2/21/01 And Don't Call me Shirley Pretty good. Was ridiculous, yes, but then YOU saw a movie about cheerleaders. Dork. 4 stars
2/15/01 KyLe*BrOfLoVsKi King of Bros: You know as well as I do that Hollywood could fuck up a wet dream. 2 stars
2/02/01 Poetchuck Stupid, inane, waste of time 1 stars
1/30/01 Yrf Tediously long set up, low deliver 1 stars
1/27/01 J. Cougar M. Marley Shelton is beautiful and pretty good. James Marsden is supremely wacky. Lighthearted 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  26-Jan-2001 (PG-13)

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Australia
  14-Jun-2001 (M)




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