Sugar & Spice
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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 hitched and quickly learn that marriage with children is an expensive proposition. With some advice… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 28%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Quite a smart little film with a surprising satirical edge."
‑ Brendan Kelly, Variety
"More like snips and snails and puppy dog tails."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"...silly, inoffensive entertainment..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"A very funny and very entertaining, if not ultimately, very forgettable movie."
‑ Mark Dujsik, Mark Reviews Movies
"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."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Not in the same clever league as Bring It On."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"An interesting idea that when played out elicits only a slightly amused shrug at best."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"One of the better recent teen comedies..."
‑ Paul Salfen,
"The film is too frivolous and convoluted to have much zing. But that doesn't mean it's not entertaining."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
"Struggles with the existential challenge of individuating five (then six, then seven) perky white heterosexual girls wearing identical aquamarine miniskirts and halter tops."
‑ Caleb Crain, Village Voice
"It's fun in its raunchy unwieldiness."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"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."
‑ Tony Macklin, Las Vegas CityLife
"A badly executed black comedy for the teen set."
‑ Paul Clinton (Boxoffice), Boxoffice Magazine
"An amusing sendup of high school cheerleader movies, with its would-be bank robbers played to bimbo-ish perfection."
‑ Andrew Manning, Radio Free Entertainment
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