Lisa Schwarzbaum
February 09, 2001 AT 05:00 AM EST

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
Mandy Nelson
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Comedy

We gave it an 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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