Sugar and Spice (October 30/01)
Sugar and Spice and everything nice…
That old adage doesn't really apply here. Sugar and Spice presents a gaggle of vapid, bubble-headed cheerleaders and asks a question as old as film itself: What would happen if such cheerleaders were to rob a bank? Intended to be a satire (of what, I'm not exactly sure), but really more of a dumb comedy, Sugar and Spice works on a certain level. It's really short (not including credits, it clocks in at less than 80 minutes) and the visual flair keeps otherwise dull moments from destroying the momentum of the flick.
The premise is simple enough - the head cheerleader begins dating the school quarterback, and soon enough the two are expecting. Kicked out of their respective homes, the soon-to-be-married duo quickly come to the realization that life is expensive. He assumes a job at the local video store while she takes on a customer service role at the local bank. After working there for a while, she decides that maybe it wouldn't be so difficult to actually rob the joint. So, she presents her idea to her fellow cheerleaders and the squad starts planning for the heist. They begin by renting movies about bank robberies - Heat, Point Break, etc. - with the hope that they can avoid the mistakes made by those characters.
Sugar and Spice is silly, inoffensive entertainment that passes the time (it runs a mere 82 minutes), but will be almost instantly forgotten upon viewing. The performances are all good (and purposefully tongue-in-cheek) and the script does have a few choice barbs directed towards…well, everyone (but mostly air-headed cheerleaders), but the whole thing is just so slight it's impossible to enthusiastically recommend it.