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Suvari: Movie Not Bad Influence

January 26, 2001

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LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Mena Suvari doesn’t think her new movie ``Sugar & Spice,″ about gun-toting, bank-robbing high school cheerleaders, will be a bad influence on young people.

Suvari plays one of five girls who wear red-and-blue cheerleader uniforms and evil-looking blond rubber doll masks to stick up a grocery-store bank branch.

``They didn’t have bullets and they wore masks,″ she told reporters recently. ``Everything is done so ridiculously. It’s not ... it’s not real.″

The 21-year-old actress said she couldn’t divulge much about the sequel to ``American Pie,″ which is due in theaters this summer. She played a wholesome choir girl in the original.

``It’ll be really funny,″ Suvari said, giggling. ``It’s the first summer after the first year in college, and everybody is pretty much back except for Natasha Lyonne.″

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