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Sugar & Spice
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Starring: Marley Shelton, James Marsden, Mena Suvari, Marla Sokoloff, Alexandra Holden, Rachel Blanchard, Sara Marsh
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: New Line Cinema
Kiddie Movie: Not really.
Date Movie: She might find it cute if she wasn't a cheerleader.
Gratuitous Sex: Nah.
Gratuitous Violence: Nah.
Action: Nah.
Laughs: Lots of dark laughter.
Memorable Scene: The girls going to get come guns.
Memorable Quote: "Their cheerleading blew, like a bulimic after Christmas dinner."
Directed By: Francine McDougall
Produced By: Wendy Finerman

Sugar & Spice
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 1:20 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
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" 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!!!


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