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Sugar & Spice
Directed by Francine McDougall
Produced by Wendy Finerman
Written by Mandy Nelson
Starring Marla Sokoloff,
Marley Shelton,
Mena Suvari,
Melissa George,
Rachel Blanchard
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release date(s) 26 January 2001 (USA)
Running time 81 min
Language English
Budget ~ US$11,000,000

Sugar & Spice is a 2001 teen comedy/heist film directed by Francine McDougall. It was filmed entirely in the state of Minnesota.


  • Marla Sokoloff - Lisa Janush - Captain of the B-squad, she despises Diane and her friends for using illegal dismounts in their moves.
  • Marley Shelton - Diane Weston - "The mastermind" The popular cheerleader on the A-squad and leader of her group of friends, she falls in love with the star quarterback of the football team and becomes pregnant, she is disowned by her parents and finds it difficult to get by on mininum wage, so she and her friends decide to rob the bank branch in the grocery store she works in.
  • Melissa George - Cleo Miller "the stalker"
  • Mena Suvari - Kansas Hill "The rebel"
  • Rachel Blanchard - Hannah Wald "The Virgin"
  • Alexandra Holden - Fern Rogers "The Terminator" She lives with her father who is an exterminator, she joins the girls as a promise to her father is give them a discount on the firearms, she proves to be a good cheerleader
  • Sarah Marsh - Lucy Whitman "The brain"
  • James Marsden - Jack Bartlett


Diane Weston (Marley Shelton) is a popular high school cheerleader whose life revolves around her boyfriend Jack (James Marsden) and cheerleading, as she is the captain of her school's "A-Squad". However, when Diane becomes pregnant by Jack, her life falls apart as her parents disown her. She moves in with Jack, and the two quickly get jobs, but Diane quickly realizes that Jack lacks the financial skills to provide for her and their child. Diane confides to her fellow cheerleaders about her problems and the group come up with a way for Diane to make the money she needs: robbing banks.

Diane and her friends don matching spandex bodysuits, fake pregnant bellies (to offset Diane's real pregnancy), and identical blonde latex masks and rob a grocery store bank. Dubbed "The Betty Gang" by the media, the group successfully carry out the heist, but not before rival B-Squad cheerleader Lisa Janusch (Marla Sokoloff) discovers what Diane and her friends are up to. Lisa goes to the police with the information, and Diane confronts Lisa off-camera before the group is arrested and makes a deal with her: in exchange for Lisa providing the group an alibi and recanting all prior statements to the police, Diane will resign from the A-Squad and personally name Lisa her successor as A-Squad leader.

During the film's epilogue, it is revealed that Diane ultimately tells Jack that her share of the stolen money was won via the lottery. Jack believes Diane and the two marry. Jack goes on to become a senator, and Diane reconciles with her family, who set up a scholarship for pregnant teenagers. The final shot is Diane and Jack's family portrait, showing twin sons, a third son, and a baby girl.

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Sugar and Spice is a 2001 comedy film about cheerleaders who become bank robbers.

Directed by Francine McCougall. Written by Mandy Nelson.
Get ready to cheer for the bad girls! Taglines



  • Morning sunshine. Remember, these are the best days of your life, so far. (winks)
  • No one ever got ahead by sitting on their behind.
  • I'm not gonna get an abortion, I always planned on getting married and having kids, I'm just going a little out of order. It kinda reminds me of another young lady, who found herself with child, unmarried, on a long, long road with no place to sleep. Of course that was a long, long time ago. No matter what, she held her head high, and said, "Papa, don't preach, I'm in trouble deep. Papa, don't preach, 'cause I've made up my mind, I'm keeping my baby.
  • It's off. I can't take the fighting, the back-stabbing, the open hostility. We're not acting like cheerleaders, we're acting like a bunch of sorority girls!
  • Morning sunshine. Remember, except for the morning sickness, the blinding back-pain and the embarrassingly unpredictable gas, these are the best days of your life... so far.
  • 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.


  • Truth is, they're so close, they all get their monthly visit from Aunt Rose at the same time.
  • Now I know it's my job to give you all the facts, so, I'm gonna have to says their cheer blew like a bulemic after Christmas dinner.
  • Jack was fine. Man, was he fine! It was like he was a bar of chocolate and the whole school was on the rag.
  • (Cheerleaders shout "Hey, ho, let's go".) I don't know about they "hey" part, but "ho" is right on the money.


  • Jack: There are only three things I want in life. To, one day, become a senator of this great state (crowd cheer)... I wanna lead the mighty Lincolns to victory in the homecoming game (crowd cheer)... And I wanna go to the homecoming dance with Diane West. (Crowd gasp... then cheer!)
  • Hannah: Oh my God, I'm gonna be someone's bald bitch!


Hannah: At church camp this summer, I'm pretty sure I had my first orgasm.
Kansas: Hold up, any sentence that starts with "at church camp" ain't leading to the big O.
Cleo: That's not true. Those pictures of Christ all sweaty and bare chested on the cross always made me kinda hot.

Lucy: Holy Shit! You just became a statistic.
Kansas: Oh my God... I'm not the first.
Hannah: When are you geting married?

Kansas: How much do you need for an abortion?
Hannah: What? No, not an abortion. My church can arrange for you to go to Oregon and take care of a sick aunt for nine months. Then they find your baby a good home. And you come back a little dazed and puffy, but everything's fine. Please Di, don't be a whore and a murderer.

Kansas: Come on Cleo, we're not gonna waste this weeks question to the netherworld on Conan.
Hannah: Who made up the one question a week rule, anyway?
Kansas: It's in the bible, so just shut the hell up.

Diane: But we went hands in on this. You're breaking the National High School Cheerleading Association's pledge of allegiance and conformity.
Lucy: I'll turn in my pom-poms after Christmas.

Kansas: Rule number one: You never take off the mask, hear me? No matter what happens, you never take off the mask.
Cleo: I'm sorry, Kansas.
Kansas: Oh, god, no! Rule number two: No names. No god damn names, you retard.
Cleo: For God's sake, 'white trash betty', I didn't realise the rules went into effect before we entered the supermarket.


  • Get ready to cheer for the bad girls!


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