Yo! I’ll Tell You what I Want what I Really Really Want!

Spice World is utterly mental, but I quite fancy it. I’ve been a huge fan of the Spice Girls ever since I first heard “Wannabe” when I was 3 years old. I was too young to recognize the rest of their songs, but they were really big in the 90’s. So big that they felt the need to make a movie centered around the popular girl group. It’s essentially the A Hard Day’s Night of the modern age. There’s practically no plot aside from getting to a concert in the end. Spice World was torn apart by critics and a Razzie magnet that won Worst Actress for every member of the Spice Girls. Of course they can’t act, but that’s kind of the idea.

When you accept the absurdity, Spice World is a bouncy parody of superstardom with all of their greatest hits sprinkled throughout. Although I do wish “Wannabe” wasn’t the demo version. For those who somehow don’t know, the Spice Girls consist of: Mel B (Scary Spice), Mel C (Sporty Spice), Emma (Baby Spice), Victoria (Posh Spice), and Geri (Ginger Spice). They’re all very British and they act like their respective personas the entire time. The rest of the cast is surprisingly good for a Spice Girls movie. Several famous Brits make cameos like Elton John, Bob Hoskins, Hugh Laurie, and Stephen Fry. Richard E. Grant plays their high-strung manager and Claire Rushbrook plays their assistant.

Meat Loaf makes sense as their bus driver, but Roger Moore is essentially a Bond villain who runs their record label. The real villain is an exaggerated newspaper editor who wants to ruin the Spice Girls by hiring a ruthless photographer. There’s also a pregnant friend of the girls that keeps them distracted. Alan Cumming continuously documents the girls, but Spice World is so self aware that it breaks the fourth wall by having executives pitch a Spice Girls movie while the movie is happening. It only gets more ridiculous with fantasy sequences, aliens, boot camp, and a tour bus chase. Spice World is dumb fun that does “girl power” with the best of them.

Spice World

The Spice Girls

6 thoughts on “Yo! I’ll Tell You what I Want what I Really Really Want!

  1. Love Spice World!!!!! A couple of my friends introduced me to their music when were little and I always thought of them as a Pop version of The Beatles. Yes the movie has a lot of craziness and absurdity, but that’s what makes it so damn fun. All the popular actors they got to be in the film is cool as well. RIP to Meat Loaf, another of my favorites in music; how can you not love the scene when the toilets on the bus breakdown and he says to Richard E. Grant, “I love those girls, and I’d do anything for them, but I won’t do that”, classic. That the characters of the filmmakers idea for a Spice Girls movie is really everything that transpires in the film already adds a sweet touch of self aware irony. My favorite Spice Girls were Emma and Mel C.

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  2. I’ve never seen Spice World but I saw previews for it back in 1997 and I had to laugh when I saw some young girl on the news at the time of the movie’s release saying, “It’s better than [James Cameron’s] Titanic.”

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