Sugar & Spice
Movie Stats & Links
||Marley Shelton, James Marsden,
Mena Suvari, Marla Sokoloff, Alexandra Holden, Rachel
Blanchard, Sara Marsh
||She might find it cute if she
wasn't a cheerleader.
||Lots of dark laughter.
||The girls going to get come guns.
||"Their cheerleading blew,
like a bulimic after Christmas dinner."
The choice was seeing J. Lo in "The Wedding
Planner" or five cheerleaders who rob a bank in "Sugar
& Spice." Not having seen "The Wedding Planner"
as of yet I canít say "Sugar & Spice" was the better
choice, but I can say that "Sugar & Spice" was full of
dark laughter that although rated PG-13, this is another one of
those movies that should have just gone balls out and headed for R,
but Hollywood has to try to get the teen market so they just canít
go all the way. They sure came close.
Sugar & Spice
A Movie Review
"Sugar & Spice" tells the story of five
cheerleaders from the perspective of B-squad cheerleader Lisa (Marla
Sokoloff). The story opens with our five main girls in a police
line-up, being accused of robbing the local bank at the grocery
store. Then cut to Lisa being questioned by detectives and detailing
the story of the cheerleaders. We find Diane (Marley Shelton), the
captain of the A squad. Sheís got a problem Ė she got knocked up
by Jack, the team quarterback, sheís having the baby, and her and
Jack are going to live happily ever after. She quickly realizes one
thing, however, and that is that money doesnít grow on trees and
she worries about the future of being able to provide for her baby,
actually babies (itís twins), especially with her
dumb-as-a-box-of-rocks boyfriend, Jack. So where do you turn when
you need some cash? Where else but to your cheerleader friends who
are joined by a bond closer than family. And what do you do to get
the family nest egg? Rob a bank.
But these are cheerleaders, given character stereotypes as
cheerleaders like we all make fun of but wonít say in front of
their faces because we are hoping maybe they like us. It turns out,
however, that they arenít that dumb, utilizing the vast resources
of crime movies including "Reservoir Dogs,"
"Heat," "Point Break," and "The Apple
Dumpling Gang," (Hannah (Rachel Blanchard) is only allowed to
watch G-Rated movies) to learn where others have screwed up. They
also enlist the help of Kansasí (Mena Suvari) mother, who is in
prison, figuring that who best to learn how to rob a bank from than
those who have led a life of crime. And so our future criminals
begin their plan.
Do they succeed? Well Iím not telling, but I will tell you that
if you like dark jokes, like perky girls in cheerleading outfits
(they donít get naked, though), and have a twisted sense of humor,
you will probably enjoy "Sugar & Spice." The movie,
although it looks like a teen flick, really has more humor that
adults may understand. It takes stabs at cheap jokes like all of the
girls getting their monthly visitor at the same time complete with
passing the box of tampons from stall to stall, as well as most of
the cheerleading jokes you can think of.
Iím giving "Sugar & Spice" 4 stars out of 5,
although quite honestly it wonít be for most people. Itís a
little too adult for teens and a little to teen for most adults.
Somehow, though, I fit the bill and found it pretty funny.
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!