Sugar & Spice (2001) - Rotten Tomatoes

Sugar & Spice (2001)



Critic Consensus: Though this cheerleader comedy has an intriguing premise, it's too empty-headed and saddled with too many lame jokes to live up to it. Also, some critics say the movie is irresponsible in its depiction of teens and guns.

Movie Info

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.more
Rating: PG-13 (for language, sex-related humor and some thematic elements)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Mandy Nelson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 17, 2001
Box Office: $12.4M
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Marley Shelton
as Diane Weston
Sean Young
as Mrs. Hill
James Marsden
as Jack Bartlett
Adam Busch
as Geeky Guy
Kevin Kling
as Factory Worker
Dave Quimby
as Apartment Manager
Jacy Dumermuth
as Food Valley Cashier
Wiley Harker
as Principal Smith
Claudia Wilkens
as Grandmother
Jeff Hopkins
as Police Officer
Jeremy Kent Jackson
as Football Player No. ...
Jamison Hasse
as Football Player No. ...
Jessie Schoen
as Butch Girl
Susan Fuller
as Bank Loan Officer
Andy Hubbell
as Husband
Isabell Monk
as Inmate No. 1
Miriam Must
as Inmate No. 2
Jennifer Snell
as Inmate No. 3
Andrea Guilford
as Lamaze Instructor
Matt Guidry
as Male Reporter
Li Ning
as Dim Sum Charlie
Laura McKinley Ander...
as Average Girl No. 1
Cassie Fox
as Average Girl No. 2
Kurt Loder
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for Sugar & Spice

All Critics (85) | Top Critics (22)

Of course, an unfunny comedy is hardly news. However, even by Tinseltown's impoverished standards, one so utterly bereft is something of a rarity, and thus perversely interesting.

Full Review… | December 23, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

The best thing that can be said about the Minnesota- made comedy Sugar & Spice is that there's no reference to the fact that it was made in Minnesota.

Full Review… | November 6, 2002
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Struggles with the existential challenge of individuating five (then six, then seven) perky white heterosexual girls wearing identical aquamarine miniskirts and halter tops.

Full Review… | February 8, 2001
Village Voice
Top Critic

Quite a smart little film with a surprising satirical edge.

Full Review… | February 7, 2001
Top Critic

Not in the same clever league as Bring It On.

February 6, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

More like snips and snails and puppy dog tails.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for Sugar & Spice

A bit enjoyable, yes, but definitely not hilarious. The story is ridiculous.

Dead Angel

Super Reviewer


Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

This feels like more of a half-movie, but the extant half isn't quite that bad. It's kind of risque, kind of bitchy, and kind of stupid, and I kind of just adore Mena Suvari.

Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

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