Sugar & Spice

Sugar & Spice

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Director: Francine McDougall, Marley Shelton, James Marsden, Mena Suvari

Cast: Francine McDougall, Marley Shelton, James Marsden, Mena Suvari

     
 

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The directorial debut of Australian filmmaker Francine McDougall, this teen comedy stars Marley Shelton as Diane, captain of the Lincoln High School A-squad cheerleaders, the most popular girls in their school. They include born-again Christian Hannah (Rachel Blanchard), the rebellious Kansas (Mena Suvari), late-night talk show fan Cleo (Melissa George), and brainy

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The directorial debut of Australian filmmaker Francine McDougall, this teen comedy stars Marley Shelton as Diane, captain of the Lincoln High School A-squad cheerleaders, the most popular girls in their school. They include born-again Christian Hannah (Rachel Blanchard), the rebellious Kansas (Mena Suvari), late-night talk show fan Cleo (Melissa George), and brainy geek Lucy (Sarah Marsh). When Diane learns that she's pregnant, she and her stud quarterback boyfriend Jack (James Marsden) get hitched and quickly learn that marriage with children is an expensive proposition. With some advice from Kansas' convict mom (Sean Young), the squad embarks on a plan to rob a bank, but their peppy enthusiasm and patented cheerleading moves may give them away to the authorities.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Clark
The last thing the movie world needs is another teenage comedy about conniving cheerleaders, but to be fair, this cheerfully vulgar entry in the teen sweepstakes hits the mark more often than not. Like most recent movies of its ilk, it owes nearly everything to Amy Heckerling's buoyant 1995 feature Clueless, right down to its specific female vernacular. Unlike that charming romantic confection, however, this film plays a bit darker. Sugar & Spice usually scores when it focuses on being a vicious satire of teen woes, and is less adept at creating a story and characters viewers should actually care much about. The spirited performers who populate the cast, however -- including Melissa George, Marla Sokoloff, and American Beauty ingénue Mena Suvari -- keep the proceedings engaging. Once intended as a unflinching black comedy (and originally called Sugar & Spice & Semiautomatics), the material was cleaned up by the filmmakers after the tragic Columbine shooting in Colorado in 1999. The result is wildly uneven and sometimes incoherent, but when the movie has its head on straight, the zingers fall right into place.
New York Times - A.O. Scott
The caper unspools with the right mix of innocence and mean-spiritedness, driven by a noisy power-pop soundtrack. At one point the Lincoln marching band plays a brassy version of the Ramones' "Blitzkrieg Bop," and the movie as a whole sometimes recalls the demented anarchy of Allan Arkush's "Rock 'n' Roll High School," which featured that great punk band at the tail end of its prime. The movie is full of scattershot gags and indifferent acting, but you get the feeling that it's bad on purpose, which makes it, given the number of teenage movies that are terrible by accident, not bad at all.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/17/2001
UPC:
0794043529733
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
New Line Home Video

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Marley Shelton Diane Weston
James Marsden Jack Bartlett
Mena Suvari Kansas
Marla Sokoloff Lisa
Rachel Blanchard Hannah
Melissa George Cleo
Alexandra Holden Fern
Sara Marsh Lucy
Sean Young Mrs. Hill
W. Earl Brown Hank

Technical Credits
Francine McDougall Director
Maria Baker Art Director
Robert Brinkmann Cinematographer
Wendy Chuck Costumes/Costume Designer
Wendy Finerman Producer
Sloane Klevin Editor
Jeff Knipp Production Designer
Greg Mooradian Executive Producer
Mark Mothersbaugh Score Composer
Michael J. Nelson Co-producer
Michael Nelson Co-producer
Claire Rudnick Polstein Executive Producer

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Sugar & Spice 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked this movie a lot. I think it's one of the better teen spoofs out there. It's pure fluff, but it's fun fluff, and will make you laugh. Sure, it's not realistic or anything, but it doesn't take itself seriously and is never meant to be seen as realistic anyway. Let yourself enjoy it and you won't be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was not well writen and did not have very good dialogue in it.The movie was very short and the characters were very bad too. I think that the movie would have been better if the plot and the story line were very different.This movie was so bad that it should have never been writen. Ithink that good movie are long, and keep your attention the whole entire time. Sugar and Spice did not make sense, and it could have been better, for instance making the characters have better roles and having the right people play the right roles in the movie. I would not recommened this to book to anyone thats how very bad that it is. I do not like movies that are poorly written like this one was.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hey Sugar&Spice was a stupied movie at first but then not to long ago I saw it on T.V. And now I love it! Its really funny
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a really funny movie Diane the pretty and popular girl dates cute guy Jack the football player Diane becomes pregent so with her help from her friends they all rob a super market this movie is funny if you watch it You'll probaly laugh If you don't laugh than its not your type of movie Its sorta a girly girl movie
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sugar and Spice was terrific. It had a great story line, it was funny and it kept you on the edge of your seat. I think it is a great movie, mostly for teenagers or young girls, but I strongly think anyone can enjoy this film. The storyline is far fetched, but hey, it's meant to be, that is what makes it so funny! The whole movie did not have one boring thing in it and it had me in hysterics almost the whole time. In conclusion, I will reccommend you see this as soon as you can becuase you will love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago