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Sugar & Spice
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by EricDSnider

"Are cheerleaders funny? Sure, in other movies. But not here."
3 stars

The trailers looked funny. Turns out, as is so often the case, everything truly amusing about the film was packed into that 90-second clip.

Since last year's "Bring It On" was such a pleasant surprise, a genuinely witty and fun look at high-school cheerleaders and their world, it seems logical there'd be a rip-off sooner or later.

And here it is: "Sugar & Spice," a film whose plot and lack of consequences for its anti-heroes dictate that it be considered a "dark comedy," but whose jokes fall more in the genre of "teens will laugh at this because teens will laugh at anything."

The film is narrated by Lisa (Marla Sokoloff), a bitter B-Squad cheerleader whose jealousy toward the A-Squad has led her to turn them in for a bank heist they pulled off. That bank heist was an act of desperation when squad captain Diane (Marley Shelton) got pregnant by her jubilantly dim football-player boyfriend Jack (James Marsden). They moved in together and he got a job at the video store, but they weren't going to be able to support the baby on such a meager income. So Diane got her cheerleading buddies together to rob a grocery store bank branch.

The jokes here are broad-side-of-the-barn, often grasping at verbal drollness that they just can't reach. (Lisa says A-Squad's routine "blew like a bulimic after Christmas dinner," and that's about as good as it gets.) The cheerleaders are basic: foul-mouthed tough-girl Kansas (Mena Suvari); virginal Hannah (Rachel Blanchard); geeky Lucy (Sara Marsh); and obsessive/weird Cleo (Melissa George). Their personalities are different, though they ultimately blend together into one big sassy-talking monster cheerleader. The potential humor in cheerleaders using their particular talents to rob a bank is untapped, save for one moment when a girl is launched high enough into the air to spray-paint a surveillance camera (though even that joke doesn't work, since they're all wearing masks anyway, making the act unnecessary).

Stay home and rent "Bring It On" instead. Or, like the girls did to glean tips on their crime, watch "Reservoir Dogs" and "The Apple Dumpling Gang." Either one would be more consistently entertaining than "Sugar & Spice."

I have nothing else to say. The movie's barely an hour and 15 minutes long; you want I should go on forever in writing about it?

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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
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