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Sugar & Spice (2001), (PG-13)
CAP Score: 46
CAP Influence Density: 1.26
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NOTE: If you do not want the plot, ending, or "secrets" of a movie spoiled for you, skip the Summary/Commentary. In any case, be sure to visit the Findings/Scoring section -- it is purely objective and is the heart of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this movie
SUMMARY / COMMENTARY:
SUGAR & SPICE (PG-13) -- a flick filled with filthy phonation and foul form.
Jack and Diane. Nice touch! But John Mellencamp was not in the flick. Jack (James Marsden - "Cyclops" in X-Men is a new football quarterback for Lincoln High School. Diane (Marley Shelton) is the A-team cheerleader team captain. Jack and Diane fall in love. Jack gets Diane pregnant [Hebr. 13:4]. Moms and dads give their disapproval. Jack and Diane move into an economy apartment. Jack gets a job. Jack gets fired. Jack and Diane are broke. Diane enlists the A-team of the cheer squad to help her rob a bank. They rob a bank [Deut. 5:19]. They get away with it. They all graduate high school then live happily ever after. End of story. But I'll give you a few more details.
Mena Suvari, the adolescent kissing partner of middle-aged Kevin Spacey in American Beauty stars as cohort in crime, Kansas. Her mom (Sean Young) is in prison. Along with a slew of her friends, Kansas' mom serves as a key source of advice and mentorship in how to rob a bank. In addition, Kansas and the crew watch a bunch of movies to get ideas on how NOT to get caught. A little more entertainment industry self-admission? Or maybe an attempt to insult those who believe the entertainment industry, whether intentional, is indeed an influence to wannabe criminals. Finding their best target and the best methodology, the crew decides that it is expected of them to have guns. So, they enlist the aid of a supplier who provides the guns at no charge if the A-team lets his daughter, Fran (Alexandra Holden) be on their cheerleader squad.
Deciding to use Betty Doll costumes with full head masks, the crew heist a convenience bank inside a combo store, rationalizing that if they give some of the money to charity ("buy" one of Sally Struthers' kids) they would be "clean." One of the moves used by the crew to block the view of a surveillance camera was a cheer move to rise to the occasion and paint the lens. But, unbeknownst to the crew, rival B-team cheerleader Lisa (Marla Sokoloff - who does much of the narrating of the show) happens to be in the store as the heist goes down. Lisa notices the execution of the cheer routine used to reach the camera lens involves an illegal dismount. She puts two and two together to figure out who is under those masks. Though she tries to expose the crew, Lisa is bought by the crew by letting her on the A-team and silence is assured. What integrity! [Prov. 13:6]
The rest of the A-team is Lucy, Cleo and Hannah. Lucy (Sara Marsh) is the intellectual of the outfit. She is hoping for a scholarship to Harvard. She even tries to back out of the heist but changes her mind and serves as Richard Nixon instead of a Betty Doll. Cleo (Melissa George) is in love with Conan O'Brien. Hannah (Rachel Blanchard) is portrayed as the "sheltered" daughter of overprotective "Church-going" parents (she's not allowed to watch the crime movies to get ideas for the robbery). Yes, there is a load of belittlement and mockery of being Christian. [Ps. 123:3, Matt. 5:11]
Targeted at the under-17 crowd, this is a flick filled with filthy phonation and foul form. So much so Sugar & Spice earned a CAP "R-13." It was another example of using [figuratively] 1000 issues of "lesser" ignominy worth 10 nasty points each rather than the technique typical of R-rated flicks to use 10 issues of "extreme ignominy" each worth 1000 nasty points -- the magnitude of the effect is the same, "10,000 nasty points." That's all the time I am going to spend on this one. Flip through the Bible and randomly land on a verse and there is probably something in this teenybopper, bubblegum movie that violates it (that is an extreme exaggeration ,of course, but the point is made). The Findings/Scoring section tells all anyway.
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As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
FINDINGS / SCORING:
NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely, definitely when plural.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
Offense to God (O)(2):