Movie Review: Sugar & Spice
by Jonathan Sudduth
Published: January 27, 2001
USA, 2001 New Line Cinema
Directed by Francine McDougall
Featuring the following tweenagers:
Marley Shelton as Diane Weston
James Marsden as Jack Bartlett
Mena Suvari as Kansas Hill
Marla Sokoloff as Lisa Janusch
Additional information available at the Internet Movie Database.
While this little ditty about Jack (James Marsden) and Diane (Marley Shelton) is called "Sugar & Spice," the film itself is actually bad & rotten. Sure the actual plot -- something about cheerleaders robbing a bank to come to the aid of their newly preggers captain -- seems quite original. However, this alleged black comedy isn't exactly dark enough to warrant the label black. Not to mention funny enough to warrant the label comedy.
Starring no one anyone knows except Mena Suvari and perhaps Marla Sokoloff, the talent of these next generation of actors is questionable. And quite honestly, they should have been paid off in lunch money. After all, these twenty-somethings Hollywood continues to throw at us with their truly awful renditions of The High School Experience is simply that. Awful.
While many will raise alarm over the guns and teenagers issue, (especially the scene where SWAT team members finally apprehend the girls in the lunchroom of their school) I would much rather raise alarm over the multitude of unfunny pregnant jokes, tedious gay & lesbian jokes, and downright icky menstruation jokes. And personally, I think only the Farrely brothers should be allowed anywhere near bathroom humor from now on. For every ten jokes, "Sugar & Spice" catapult-somersaults into the audience, I'd say about two stick.
People tell me, "But Queer, you really ought to think of the target audience." I say, the target audience is inundated with half-assed teen movies twelve months out of the year. Gems are discovered. ("10 Things I Hate About You", "Whatever It Takes") But a majority of them are pure and total crap. ("Jawbreaker", "Loser", "Boys & Girls") And while originality in plot and a stellar soundtrack are contributing factors to an amusing film making it slightly better than some, "Sugar & Spice" really is only a hair better than a possible sequel to "Bring it On."
Sugar & Spice - Grade: D+
This article originally appeared on Queer & The Fat Guy's Movie Reviews.
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