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