Sugar and Spice Francine McDougall
Published Dec 01, 2000Complete with every high school stereotype in the book (geeks, jocks, cheerleaders), "Sugar and Spice" begins like every other teen flick but this time around there's a little more edge than past offerings.
Diane (Marley Shelton) is the most popular girl in school and is captain of the A-list cheerleading squad at Lincoln. She soon starts dating Jack (James Marsden), the dreamy new quarterback and everything seems perfect for the two that is until numerous encounters in broom closets and empty classrooms catch up to them and Diane is pregnant with twins. Jack and Diane (get it?) decide to get jobs and buy a run down apartment to make ends meet for their future children. Soon Diane has a breakdown and realises she needs much more money to lead a better life. She recruits her fellow cheerleaders and they soon begin to plot an armed robbery of a grocery store banking centre that Diane works at.
This movie is good in the sense that it deals with something other than a boy trying to get a girl and it also has a fairly small cast for this sort of genre, which allows you to focus more on the characters at hand. Some of the best scenes involve the actual robbery in which they disguise themselves with "Betty" masks, and also the dialogue shared between Kansas (Mena Suvari) and her imprisoned mother played by Sean Young. It's done in a narrative style such as "Election," a similar movie but not nearly as creative or intelligent, but "Sugar and Spice" should be applauded for trying to break the mold a bit of extremely dull and sappy movies aimed towards teenagers.