Spice World

Bright, bubbly and clever in a silly sort of way, this candy-colored homage to the Pre-fab Five, the Spice Girls, takes its cue from A HARD DAY'S NIGHT and chronicles a manic day and a half in the lives of Emma Bunton (Baby Spice), Melanie Brown and Melanie Chisolm (Scary and Sporty Spice), Victoria Adams (Posh Spice) and Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice). The...read more

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Bright, bubbly and clever in a silly sort of way, this candy-colored homage to the Pre-fab Five, the Spice Girls, takes its cue from A HARD DAY'S NIGHT and chronicles a manic day and a half in the lives of Emma Bunton (Baby Spice), Melanie Brown and Melanie Chisolm (Scary and Sporty Spice), Victoria Adams (Posh Spice) and Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice). The outlandishly underclad girls ride their magic bus from photo sessions to rehearsals to command performances to press ops and parties, squealing and giggling all the way. Screenwriter Kim Fuller whips up a frothy series of blackout sketches (the girls take dance lessons from a military martinet, spend a night in a spooky house, have a close encounter with aliens), fantasy sequences (the girls as pregnant slatterns and silver-clad secret agents), musical interludes and encounters with guest stars ranging from Jennifer Saunders to Elvis Costello. All of it is interspersed with a wafer-thin plot having to do with their pregnant friend Nicola (Naoko Mori); a pair of Hollywood hustlers (George Wendt, Mark McKinney) looking to make a Spice Girls movie; pushy, pretentious documentarian Piers Cutherton-Smythe (Alan Cumming); and big, bad tabloid press baron Kevin McMaxford's (Barry Humphries) nefarious plan to whip up anti-Spice backlash by hiring a guerilla paparazzo (Richard O'Brien) to catch them in compromising situations. Perpetually nervous manager Clifford (Richard E. Grant) frets while their coolly mysterious boss (Roger Moore), uttering solemn and incomprehensible aphorisms while stroking various small animals, pulls the strings behind the scenes. It's all pure, brainless fluff, but it's unpretentious and "Wannabe" is damnably catchy.

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  • Released: 1998
  • Rating: PG
  • Review: Bright, bubbly and clever in a silly sort of way, this candy-colored homage to the Pre-fab Five, the Spice Girls, takes its cue from A HARD DAY'S NIGHT and chronicles a manic day and a half in the lives of Emma Bunton (Baby Spice), Melanie Brown and Melani… (more)

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