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Sugar (2013)

A 20-year-old homeless girl is suffering from post traumatic stress syndrome on the streets of Hollywood and Venice beach.


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Credited cast:
... Sugar (as Shenae Grimes)
... Marshall
... Ronnie
... Free (as William Peltz)
... Sketch
... Bishop
... Uncle Gene
... Sister Nadia
Scottie Epstein ... Joey
... Chrissy (as Jessica Andres)
... B-Wild
Mubarak Ra'oof ... Mu
Eugene Harris ... Star
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... Tourist


Based on true events, Sugar is the story of a young girl with a troubled past trying to survive on the streets of Venice Beach. Sugar suffers from PTSD after losing her entire family in a horrific car crash. She survives with her group of outcast friends on the streets of Venice Beach trying to find their own place in the world. Like so many homeless youth, Sugar is running from the pain of her past and will do anything to escape it. However with the help of Bishop, her counselor in the youth shelter, she is able to reconnect with her uncle who has been searching for her. Sugar's new world starts to crumble when forced to confront the demons she's run from for the last two years. Sugar is an all too common story of a troubled youth learning how to stop hiding, and to start healing. Written by Anonymous

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6 April 2013 (USA)  »

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Menekülés  »

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2.35 : 1
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The script for Sugar was invited and added to The Library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Core Collection. See more »


Referenced in Lost in America (2017) See more »


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A great indie film that touches the heart
14 March 2017 | by See all my reviews

I created an account just so I could review this film. I think this is one of the best low budget indie films I have ever seen. It really highlights a problem that most people want to turn a blind eye to. Furthermore it has many different characters that show the wide range of circumstances that lead to youth homelessness. This movie is one of those hidden gems that you stumble on, and it leaves you thinking for some time.

The story was very interesting. Most the time when I watch a movie with a "broken" character I find things to be really cliché, but Sugar is actually quite sympathetic. Her checkered past is slowly revealed and it really shows that the filmmakers didn't want to cram anything down your throat. A great performance by We Studi as well. He is a very believable social worker; not too pushy but still firm with the homeless kids.

Overall I think it is worth your time to check out this movie. Great plot, interesting characters, and does something I've never seen in a movie before.

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