When the four meet at a party, the flashily dressed Clyde dupes Adina into believing he’s rich and quickly gets her back to his apartment and into the sack. Upon realizing she’s been had, Adina metes out her revenge and the two become sworn enemies.
Meanwhile, Brandy and Montel overcome a frosty initial encounter to fall deeply in love — they’re “sprung” on each other, in street parlance. But when their respective best friends learn of the lovebirds’ plan to move in together, they team up to put an end to the whole thing.
After trying unsuccessfully to convince Brandy and Montel of the pitfalls of marriage, Clyde and Adina cook up a scheme to frame Montel for cheating. It works and the couple breaks up, but soon the plotters are so overcome with guilt — and sick of their friends’ lovelorn moping — that they conspire to undo the damage.
With the exception of the disarming and genuinely funny Torry, none of the film’s stars has the comedic chops needed to breathe life into this tired conceit. Cundieff and Campbell, while attractive, are just too earnest to be much fun. Parker is so far over the top she’s wearying.
Also, director Cundieff can’t seem to decide if he’s making a romantic comedy or a cartoon: One minute Montel is gushing cloyingly about the nature of true love, the next minute Clyde gets decked by Adina and animated birds and stars are flying around his head.
That lack of conviction pervades this well-meaning but ultimately predictable and overlong picture.
“Sprung’s” visual highlights are its costumes — especially Adina’s hilarious succession of ’70s-inspired getups — and its retro-Afro set decoration.