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Double Feature | Year 13 (2021)
Two fills that could nearly get away with the same synopsis. Another music video director turned feature storyteller. Queen Latifah proves to be an amazing on-screen force. Character-drive heisting. Remembering back to the good times. The one scene in Set It Off that should be on every goddamn list. Sugar and Spice is a whiplash change in tone. Speaking to the American Dream. How Sugar & Spice calls out the capitalistic fantasy that is America. Middle class revolt. Eric changes sides on the video-store-guy trope.
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Set it Off
Released: November 6, 1996
Runtime: 123 min | IMDB | Wikipedia
Director: F. Gary Gray
Writer: Takashi Bufford, Kate Lanier
Starring: Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Vivica A. Fox
Four black women, all of whom have suffered for lack of money and at the hands of the majority, undertake to rob banks. While initially successful, a policeman who was involved in shooting one of the women's brothers is on their trail. As the women add to the loot, their tastes and interests begin to change and their suspicions of each other increase on the way to a climactic robbery.
Sugar and Spice
Released: January 24, 2001
Runtime: 81 min | IMDB | Wikipedia
Director: Francine McDougall
Writer: Lona Williams
Starring: Marley Shelton, Marla Sokoloff, Melissa George
When Jack and Diane find themselves in an unexpected adult situation, the A-Squad comes to their rescue. In order to help their friend Diane, the A-Squad goes where no cheerleader has gone before: taking on a little after-school project known as bank robbery. But the A-Squad does things their way -- with sugar and spice -- forever changing their friendship, their future and the nation's notion of teen spirit.