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With: Victoria Beckham ("Posh Spice"), Melanie Brown ("Scary Spice"), Emma Bunton ("Baby Spice"), Melanie Chisholm ("Sporty Spice"), Geri Halliwell ("Ginger Spice"), Alan Cumming, Jason Flemyng, Stephen Fry, Bob Geldof, Richard E. Grant, Bob Hoskins, Hugh Laurie, Roger Moore, Richard O'Brien, Jennifer Saunders, Dominic West, Kevin Allen, Meat Loaf, Elvis Costello, Elton John
Written by: Kim Fuller
Directed by: Bob Spiers
MPAA Rating: PG for some vulgarity, brief nudity and language
Running Time: 93
Date: 12/15/1997

Spice World (1998)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Spice, Spice Baby

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Following in the footsteps of A Hard Day's Night, Hollywood decided to crank out a quickie movie about the hottest pop act on the charts before their popularity faded away. Of course the Spice Girls are pre-packaged, and everyone knows it. But in today's cynical world, that is almost preferable to other pre-packaged acts that we're supposed to take seriously. In that vein, Spice World works because it has the foresight to play with the manufactured-ness of the group, and of the movie itself. There are lots of subplots, a few disconnected scenes and trials and tribulations, but none of it really matters. The girls thwart all of it and still manage to have a good time and sing almost all of their songs. In 20 years, I hope to see this at the Roxie in a triple bill with Help! and Head.

DVD Details: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment re-released the movie on DVD in 2007, mainly in support of the group's reunion tour. The only extras are an outtake performance from the film ("Mama") and a theatrical trailer. I still love this unpretentious movie! (Note: Victoria Beckham was still Victoria Adams.)

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