Directed by Bob Spiers. UK. 1997. PG. 93 minutes. Sony. 35mm.
Fri., April 21, 2017
20th Anniversary Screening! “… Somehow I found myself enjoying this limp and lurid picture. Call it gentlemanly obligation. There is a swelling wave of dissent against the Spice Girls, based on the perception that they have achieved a ludicrous measure of fame and fortune on the strength of markedly limited talents. What I particularly admire about the Spice Girls, on the other hand, is that they have achieved a ludicrous measure of fame and fortune on the strength of markedly limited talents. They are the Demi Moore of pop culture. Spice World makes no bones about the absurdity of their success; if the film were any better, it would be an insult to a fine body of women. And, while it may represent a step backward in the art of cineman, it is also a splendid preemptive strike: anything you can say against the Spice Girls is absorbed and defused in the course of the picture. When the musical arranger stops their rehearsal and says, “That was absolutely perfect without actually being any good,” all your defenses come down. The girls are both canny operatives and good sports, chicas firmly to the front; to expect them to display melodic genius as well would be most unfair.” (Anthony Lane, The New Yorker)