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Sugar & Spice (2001)



Average Rating: 4.5/10
Reviews Counted: 74
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 53

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.


Average Rating: 4.6/10
Critic Reviews: 20
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 12

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.



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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


Drama, Comedy

Jul 17, 2001


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All Critics (85) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (53) | DVD (17)

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.

December 23, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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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.

November 6, 2002 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Struggles with the existential challenge of individuating five (then six, then seven) perky white heterosexual girls wearing identical aquamarine miniskirts and halter tops.

February 8, 2001 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Quite a smart little film with a surprising satirical edge.

February 7, 2001 Full Review Source: Variety | Comment (1)
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Not in the same clever league as Bring It On.

February 6, 2001
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It's fun in its raunchy unwieldiness.

January 31, 2001 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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More like snips and snails and puppy dog tails.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

An interesting idea that when played out elicits only a slightly amused shrug at best.

March 26, 2010 Full Review Source:

Director Francine McDougall thinks of her film Sugar and Spice as "a sophisticated black comedy." Yeah, right. Its as sophisticated as a Twinkie, and as black as a marshmallow.

February 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

...silly, inoffensive entertainment...

December 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

One of the better recent teen comedies...

July 9, 2002 Full Review

A badly executed black comedy for the teen set.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

A very funny and very entertaining, if not ultimately, very forgettable movie.

February 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies
Mark Reviews Movies

The film is too frivolous and convoluted to have much zing. But that doesn't mean it's not entertaining.

February 21, 2002 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

An amusing sendup of high school cheerleader movies, with its would-be bank robbers played to bimbo-ish perfection.

September 30, 2001 Full Review Source: Radio Free Entertainment
Radio Free Entertainment

It's a well-written, fun ride, with great visual gags, sacrilegious funnery, and interesting plot twists.

June 14, 2001 Full Review

De no ser por lo irregular de su ritmo satírico, hubiera sido una buena y muy disfrutable película.

May 11, 2001 Full Review Source: Moviola

Everyone has a film that they truly enjoy, but find it hard to admit. "Sugar & Spice" is a movie that could easily become one's "guilty pleasure."

March 26, 2001
Cinema Sight

A lot more perceptive and witty than most other cheerleader movies.

March 19, 2001 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

The film is technically on the shoddy side and there isn't nearly enough cheerleading for fans of this new, high-flying sport, but the energy of its young cast and sharp dialogue make it a pleasant enough waste of time.

March 5, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

director Francine McDougall keeps the movie's tone pitched at such a screeching level for its entire duration that it becomes deafening all too quickly

February 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Seems designed to amuse people who believe that all teenagers are total morons, which might seem like a subversive tactic for a teen movie, but the film's smugness quickly becomes tedious.

February 7, 2001 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY

Brain-dead but pleasantly so.

February 7, 2001 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
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Audience Reviews for Sugar & Spice

A bit enjoyable, yes, but definitely not hilarious. The story is ridiculous.
February 10, 2011
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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.
December 3, 2009

Super Reviewer

So bad, I thought it might be good. To be fair, a film about bank-robbing cheerleaders sounded pretty good to me! How wrong, how wrong..
September 25, 2009

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