Follow TV Tropes


Film / Sugar & Spice

Go To

A 2001 crime comedy about high school cheerleaders planning a Bank Robbery.

Head cheerleader Diane Weston (Marley Shelton) has just been knocked up by her boyfriend, the football team's star player Jack Bartlett (James Marsden). Unfortunately, both their parents have disowned them, and they need a place to live, and more money than they have. So Diane has a brilliant plan to rob the supermarket's bank branch, with the help of the rest of the cheerleading squad. Also stars Marla Sokoloff, Mena Suvari, Melissa George, and Alexandra Holden.


This film provides examples of:

  • All Guys Want Cheerleaders: On almost a stalkery level.
  • Alpha Bitch: Averted. Diane is pretty nice to everyone, to the point of ultimately inviting Fern and Lisa to join the A-Squad.
  • A-Team Firing: The one time one of the guns accidentally goes off, it completely misses the redneck threatening them with a knife.
  • Berserk Button: Kansas has a few.
  • Black Comedy
  • Brainless Beauty: Jack, to an extreme extent.
  • Camp Straight: Bruce.
  • The Caper
  • The Cheerleader
  • Clark Kenting: The girls perform the heist dressed as... cheerleaders... with rubber masks.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Kansas.
  • Color-Coded Characters:
    • Diane - Pink
    • Kansas - Black
    • Lisa - Green
    • Hannah - Purple/violet
    • Cleo - Red
    • Lucy - White
    • Fern - Gray
  • Deconstructor Fleet: A lot of the teen comedy genre is taken apart.
  • Fell Off the Back of a Truck: The "free" TV and VCR Jack and Diane's landlord "gives" them.
  • Advertisement:
  • Fighting Fingerprint: A non-fighting version (and played surprisingly realistically, given the comedic bent of the film): Lisa recognizes that the robbers are trained cheerleaders because she witnesses them doing a lift to disable a security camera, followed by a cheer-style dismount, but she isn't able to identify any specific individuals through their use of the technique.
  • The Fundamentalist: Hannah and her family. Other than displaying some minor Holier Than Thou attitude against Kansas (when provoked), Hannah is generally good natured, though terribly sheltered.
  • Gasshole: Diane; farting seems to be a side effect of her pregnancy.
  • Genius Ditz: Jack is really dim, but a great salesman.
  • Genre Savvy: Deliberately invoked. The squad watches heist movies to come up with a plan. Also subverted in that they don't find anything useful.
  • Meaningful Name: Jack and Diane.
  • Morning Sickness: A running gag is Diane's frequent need to vomit.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The guy they get their guns from is called the "Terminator".
  • Poke the Poodle: The girls watch heist movies to get ideas, but Hannah lives in a devout Christian household, and can only watch G-rated movies, so she watches The Apple Dumpling Gang.
  • A Simple Plan: Subverted; everything would've gone swimmingly if Lisa hadn't been there.
  • Spiritual Successor: To Drop Dead Gorgeous. Both were written by Lona Williams, have similar themes, humor, characters and a few actors (like Alexandra Holden).
  • Stalker with a Crush: Cleo seems awfully interested in Conan...
  • Stepford Smiler: Diane. Marley Shelton's big anime eyes help the effect.
  • Teen Pregnancy
  • Unreliable Narrator: Lisa. Her complete and utter disdain for the A-Squad shows with her interpretations of the events of the movie. While she points out flaws in an A-Squad's performance, the rest of the student body is happily cheering along with the cheerleading chants. And at the winter sports pep rally she proclaims how scandalous it was that Fern got to be on top of the cheerleader pyramid and how disgusted everyone was. However, the routine itself (and Fern) got a standing ovation from the audience.
  • Waxing Lyrical: When Diane tells the other cheerleaders she plans to keep her baby, she tells a story similar to her own dilemma that appears to reference the Virgin Mary until it turns out she's reciting the lyrics to "Papa Don't Preach."
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue


How well does it match the trope?

Example of:


Media sources: