Sugar (2004)



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Adapted from a series of short stories by Canadian cult favorite Bruce La Bruce, this seriocomic coming-of-age story stars Andre Noble as Cliff, a teenager growing up in Toronto in the 1980s. While Cliff is aware of the fact he's gay and has a ravenous curiosity about sex, he hasn't been able to do much about it. However, on his 18h birthday, Cliff's free-thinking mother, Madge (Marnie McPhail), pours him a stiff drink, offers him a reefer, and politely but firmly tells him to go downtown and … More

Rating: R (for language, some sexuality and brief drug use)
Genre: Drama, Gay & Lesbian, Comedy
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Written By: Jaie Laplante, John Palmer, Todd Klinck
On DVD: Nov 16, 2004
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Critic Reviews for Sugar

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (5)

can't imagine a baseball fan%u2014or a moviegoer%u2014who wouldn't respond on some level to the new film "Sugar," a rich and moving reminder of the way professional sports aspirations can shape someone's destiny in the real world, as opposed to the mytho

Full Review… | April 17, 2009
Chicago Tribune
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This tale of tortured love between a gay youth and street hustler juggles a complex load of emotional and tonal colors within an admirably lean runtime.

Full Review… | August 31, 2004
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Full Review… | September 4, 2004
Toronto Star
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October 18, 2008
Hollywood Reporter
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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This probation of the American Dream, a highlight of the Sundance Film Festival, benefits from a wonderful lead performance by a nonprofessional actor

Full Review… | February 19, 2008

Audience Reviews for Sugar

86% of critics liked this.... yea. well dont ask me, i dont know anything.

Coxxie Mild Sauce

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The only thing that I'm dissappointed about is that you see everybody'd BUT Brendan -- Whom you want to see if you watch this movie -- hehehehe

Tom Ericksen

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A surprisingly excellent, and considering the source material is from Bruce LeBruce, unexploitative drama based on semi-autobiographical short stories. Made on a shoe-string budget (and looking it), there's real talent here both behind and in front of the cameras. Director John Palmer infuses the film with an energy that doesn't let up, with bravaura camera techniques shot on hand-held and a realistic lighting scheme. The story is pretty downbeat and depressing, as expected, but the characters don't wallow in self-pity and through the short running time we get to know them very well. There's little backstory but the characters already feel like they've been on a journey even when they've only just been introduced. The writing is provocative and the performances from Brendan Fehr, and in particular, Andre Noble (who died shortly after filming was complete from accidental poising) are superb, and there's a fantastic cameo from Sarah Polley.

Daniel Parsons

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