Starring: Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm, Geri Halliwell, Victoria Beckham, Richard E. Grant, Claire Rushbrook, Richard O’Brien
Directed By: Bob Spiers
Written By: Kim Fuller
Rating: PG (US) Running Time: 1 hr 33 min
During the ‘Girl Power’ mania in the 90’s, it seemed terrifyingly inevitable that we’d end up with Scary, Ginger, Sporty, Baby, and Posh (a.k.a the Spice Girls*) in their own movie. But to call this a movie, let’s be fair, is a stretch. This is more like a collection of wild skits and music videos jumbled together and rushed into movie theaters to capitalize on the band’s ridiculous success.
So as a film, it’s safe to say this is a complete failure and a shameless cash in on the band’s popularity. It simultaneously reinforces each member’s ‘character’, and yet complains about them. And tries to make us feel sorry for the girls with their grueling schedule and lack of freedom, yet presents the Spice Girls as spontaneous free spirits.
On the other hand, however, the girls do get to drive around London in a Union Jack clad double-decker bus driven by Meat Loaf!** The Spice Girls also have a close encounter, and one of the visiting aliens grabs Scary Spices’s boobs! Richard O’Brien plays an uber-creepy paparazzo popping out from under fruit bowls, and the band’s road manager is a wonderfully manic Richard E. Grant. Sir Roger Moore also makes an appearance as a Bond-esk villain, resplendent in his Maoist suit, posing with an assortment of cute furry animals, including a piglet!
Then there’s the rest of the cameos: Michael Barrymore, Richard Briers, Elvis Costello, Bob Geldof, Stephen Fry, Jools Holland, Bob Hoskins, Elton John, Jennifer Saunders, Jonathan Ross, and yes, I’ve probably missed some out!
Everyone involved seems fully cognizant of the kind of movie they’re in, even the Spice Girls themselves, yet seem to be having fun with it. So while this movie in every measurable way, sucks, I find it impossible to hate!
* Ginger(Geri Halliwell), Sporty (Melanie Chisholm), Baby (Emma Bunton), Posh (Victoria Beckham) and Scary (Melanie Brown)
** Michael Lee Aday
This is a movie that’s really just for fans of the Spice Girls, and/or those nostalgic for that period in time. It will also probably appeal to people in the UK more than anywhere else, due to all the cameo appearances from British talent.
This is bright and colorful, but a regular DVD or streaming show will do. One idea. You could host a Spice Girl’s themed fancy dress party! Have everyone (yes, guys, everyone) dress up as their favorite Spice Girl in some of their more iconic getup’s (Geri Halliwell’s form-fitting Union-Jack dress was always a hit!). Play the music, watch the film, consume a few tasty beverages, and have a blast!
A hack Hollywood writer is pitching a story featuring the girls as a team of crime fighters called Spice Force Five. He explains each characters role in the gang, and we watch the master of espionage, Sporty Spice, being lowered on wires over a Subbuteo*** table to score a goal. I also liked each and every time Baby Spice smiles (okay, what can I do? She was my favorite!) 🙂
*** A table top football (soccer) game.