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Spice World VHS
running time 93 minutes
The Spice Girls have plenty of personality, and that helps make up for the lapses in inspiration that keep their feature debut from being a truly good movie and potential cult piece. As with Richard Lester's Hard Day's Night, Spice World is about a few days in the collective life of the all-female British group; and the banter is suggestively representative of how the Girls all speak to one another. But the value of individual scenes is woefully inconsistent, reaching a low point in a dumb sequence when a gaggle of extraterrestrials hit them up for autographs. Fortunately, the film is full of great people, or in some cases good people doing great things: Richard E. Grant, Roger Moore, Alan Cummings, Mark McKinney, and tons of cameos from the likes of Elton John, Elvis Costello, and Bob Hoskins. You don't have to be 11 years old and female to get some enjoyment out of this movie, but it might help. --Tom Keogh
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But the results are one heck of an entertaining movie. I love their girl empowerment message and the comedy bits that pepper this movie. You have to listen close sometimes for little inside jokes and that also makes it fun.
All in all, if you have time to kill, and want a simple non absorbing musical, this is your movie.
Anyway, this movie is the perfect example of the wacky adventures and tacky humor the Spice Girls represented in the late 90's. With that being said, going into the movie, you can't expect Oscar winning performances or a fantastic storyline. Instead, you get 5 girls preparing for a live gig at the world renowned Albert Hall. In the movie, you follow the girls through multiple press conferences, costume changes, alien encounters, photoshoots, and smaller performances in the studio or at a one off performance in Milan or on TV. The girls never take themselves too seriously and there's actually a sense of humor in all of the girls, ESPECIALLY Victoria with her sarcastic remarks and flying down the highway in the Spice Bus. The movie ends with the performance at Albert Hall and doesn't disappoint. If you watch while the credits roll, the girls will have a quick chat with other cast members and finally will break the fourth wall and talk to you as if you're still in the theatre in 1998. The music of the film is from the group's first 2 records and it fits it perfectly (obviously) but it doesn't ruin scenes by not being able to hear the dialogue. All in all, this movie is cheesy great fun and it helps if you're a Spice Girls fan but if you aren't, spice up your life with this movie!
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