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Sugar & Spice (2001)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime | 26 January 2001 (USA)
A popular high-school cheerleader becomes pregnant by the star quarterback and turns to crime to support her desired lifestyle.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sara Marsh ...
Geeky Guy
David Belenky ...
Kevin Kling ...
Factory Worker


Jack and Diane were lovers, two crazy kids living in the heartlands. Airheaded Diane captains the cheerleading squad, who follow her through whatever she does. Jack is, of course, the football team's star quarterback. When Diane becomes pregnant, the two are thrown out of their homes and move into an apartment where they try to live on Jack's part-time salary from clerking at a video store. Meanwhile both continue in school - cheerleading and quarterbacking. When Diane realizes that they're not making it financially, she recruits the other cheerleaders to help her rob a bank. Their cheerleader oath of all for one commits them to helping her. A local hood gives them guns in exchange for their promise to put his homely daughter on the cheerleading squad. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Get ready to cheer for the _bad_ girls. See more »


Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language, sex-related humor and some thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 January 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sugar and Spice and Semiautomatics  »

Box Office


$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,025,113 (USA) (26 January 2001)


$13,276,953 (USA) (2 March 2001)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Actress Mena Suvari also worked with Rachel Blanchard in the movie The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999). See more »


When the girls are in the living room talking about robbing the banks, Diane is shown laying down and then sitting up and then laying down and sitting up again. However, you never see her move See more »


Diane: You know, even the most beautiful flowers still grow from dirt. And we may be knee-deep in it right now, but we're gonna grow strong from this.
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Referenced in A New Wave (2006) See more »


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Written by Tom Petty
Performed by Cindy Alexander
Produced by Matthew Wilder
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What is a pregnant, teenage, High School cheerleader to do... ???
6 February 2001 | by (Seattle, Washington) – See all my reviews

This is a smart movie about dumb people – but don't let that get in the way of your enjoying it.

There are a lot of laugh-out-loud situations in this short (less than 90 minutes by my watch) film. The whole situation is laughable when the team captain of the `A-Squad' cheerleaders at Lincoln High School is pregnant and what she does to make the situation more livable.

James Marsden (Scott Summers/Cyclops in `X-Men') is the too-good-to-be-true boyfriend of Marley Shelton (Diane Weston in the film) whose innocence, sweetness and naivety makes you want to believe that there really are people like that in the real world.

Mena Suvari (late of both `American Beauty' and `American `Pie') is a study in contrasts as the girl that `was born in prison.'

There has been a spate of cheerleader movies this last year – but this one owes much more to `But I'm A Cheerleader' than it does to `Bring It On.' There is a tension and sense of surrealism that isn't in `Bring It On.'

When all the cheer leaders don their `Betty' masks it becomes very surrealistic – almost spooky.

There is no big opening to this film: just an introduction to the characters; but there is a nice end to the film – explaining what happens to the major characters after the end of the film.

I enjoyed this film much more than I thought I would – give it a chance – you may enjoy it too.

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