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Sugar (2004)

R | | Drama, Romance | 6 June 2004 (USA)
Troubled suburban teen Cliff hooks up with a hustler from the streets of Toronto's gay ghetto.

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John Palmer

Writers:

Todd Klinck, Bruce La Bruce (short stories) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andre Noble Andre Noble ... Cliff
Marnie McPhail ... Madge
Haylee Wanstall ... Cookie
Dorothy Gordon ... Ancient Waitress
Jeffrey Parazzo ... Flex
Alastair Moir Alastair Moir ... Lil' Bro
Michael Barry Michael Barry ... Shayne
Brendan Fehr ... Butch
Balázs Koós Balázs Koós ... Shade (as Balasz Koos)
Sarah Polley ... Pregnant Girl
Nina Arsenault Nina Arsenault ... Nina
Tulsi Balram Tulsi Balram ... Alina
David MacLean David MacLean ... Andrea
Alexander Chapman Alexander Chapman ... Natasha
Misakiu Misakiu ... Rocio
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A provocative and challenging coming-of-age story between Cliff, a restless suburban teen, and Butch, a street hustler, on the eve of his 18th birthday. Butch challenges Cliff's sheltered upbringing by exposing him to a different world that changes Cliff forever. Written by Anonymous

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Everyone has a fix.

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for strong sexual content including dialogue, violence, language and drug material | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 June 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Сладкий See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Budget:

CAD 500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Better than the reviews state.
20 February 2005 | by Trent_See all my reviews

I don't understand the people who say that the movie has no depth. The most in depth character portrayal was of Butch - the hustler who seems like a really good guy underneath. I don't think it is a requirement to have any backstory to actually get this.

The movie is also very amusing in parts - you just have to get the humour that is going on. At the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Film Festival showing that I saw, the majority of the audience got the humour and laughed along.

In actual fact, you're dosed with the nice and amusing and even heartwarming, and then you get a complete smack in the head when Butch does something to his best buddy. I won't say anymore for fear of spoiling it.

I didn't rate this film higher because of a couple of implausible things, such as the little sister (a complete laugh and a half, but implausible nonetheless), and how the film opens. From birthday bash to the streets in minutes. However, I did get the symbolism of the skateboard, which no-one else seems to have noticed or mentioned, and which I thought was rather good.

Overall, I enjoyed the film very much, and would recommend it to just about anybody.


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