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Throwback Thursday-Sugar And Spice (2001)

Young love is grand. But young love is not easy and might force the lovers to do something that might deemed immoral if not illegal.

In the satirical high school comedy Sugar and Spice (2001) Jack (James Marsden) and Diane (Marley Shelton) are the typical movie high school couple. He is the dark-haired popular, star of the football team quarterback. She is the blonde, slightly ditzy head cheerleader. It is a match made in high school heaven.

Finding themselves pregnant and kicked out of their parent’s houses, Jack and Diane move into a small apartment. The problem is that Jack’s part-time retail job is not enough to support them. Diane, with the help of her fellow cheerleaders, robs a local bank. But a rival cheerleader, Lisa (Marla Sokoloff) is onto the scheme and is more than willing to go to the police.

As a comedic satire of high school, it’s cute. While the premise is there, the narrative was not as fleshed out as it could have been.

Do I recommend it? Maybe, but that is on a good day.

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Flashback Friday- Enchanted (2007)

Disney is known for a certain type of fairy tale.

A young woman, usually a princess, has met her prince or is on her way to her prince. But there is usually a witch or another barrier to their happily ever after.  They usually take themselves very seriously.

In 2007, Enchanted, the good people of Disney satirized themselves.

Animated Princess Giselle (Amy Adams) is on her way to her happily ever after with Prince Edward (James Marsden). But Queen Narissa (Susan Sarandon) will do anything to prevent Giselle’s and Edward’s union. Giselle is banished from the magical, musical world that she knows and find herself in gritty, complicated New York City where true love does not always win out in the end.

Robert Philip (Patrick Dempsey) is a divorce lawyer raising his young daughter by himself. He is practical, realistic man who takes Giselle home. He also has a girlfriend, Nancy Tremaine (Idina Menzel), whom he is trying to propose to. Giselle begins to have feelings for Robert and understand that love is not as simple as she thought. But with her fairy tale prince searching for her, she has to decide what she wants: the simple, predictable happily ever after or the ever questioning, complicated real world?

I’m not a huge Disney fan. But the fact that this movie satirizes and respects Disney earns my respect. I liked the character’s journey, especially the ones that come from the animated world and have to learn that life is not so simple.

I recommend this movie.

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