After Bring It On showed that cheerleaders can sell movies, it was obvious that we would see another movie featuring beautiful and ditzy; of course, we didn't expect them to be bankrobbers.
Sugar and Spice stars a bunch of relative unknowns (with exception to American Beauty Mena Suvari, who continues to hold her career to mindless teen films) as they dumbly plan to rob a bank to get money for their pregnant friend.
While watching Sugar and Spice you must remember that stupidity is comedy, as witnessed in ninety percent of the film. At times Spice manages to truly make fun of itself, and at other times it just goofs over clichéd stereotypes.
I do like the way that the storyline is set up, relying on several abrupt flashbacks to talk about what is going on in terms of plot and characters. The way Spice is done allows it to be a lot better than it would otherwise. Of course, that says something about the script. As already mentioned, it sometimes has some pretty smart moments, but for the most part is pretty stupid. It just depends on whether you like stupidity or not.
The most annoying part of Sugar and Spice is the sheer fact that these girls get the idea in their head to rob a bank, and think that they can get away with it. I am not a big advocate on the whole "Media Makes Kids Do Bad Things" kind of thing, but I still think Sugar and Spice sends a bad message. The ending emphasizes this point, since things do not happen the way they do in real life.
James Marsden is the only male lead in the film, and while he does a pretty good job as the goofy boyfriend, he gets sort of annoying. He is almost too stupid and goofy to truly like, although I'm sure some people will disagree with me. His girlfriend in the film, Marley Shelton, also gets on your nerves from time to time. The other cheerleaders really aren't given much character depth, even though they are pretty entertaining to watch (one is obsessive compulsive, and another goes to therapy because she is in love with Conan O'Brien).
Sugar and Spice isn't a bad movie, but no one will ever be standing on a gym room floor spelling out the title for cheering's sake. If you don't mind movies that rely on some clichés, check it out.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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