Recently, while doing press junkets to promote her new film The Amazing Spider-man 2,
goddess actress Emma Stone was brought to tears when entertainer Mel B from the hit 90’s “girl power” band The Spice Girls showed up via satellite to ask the star a favor…
FUN FACT: Did you know that our very own Handsome Rob lost his virginity to the Spice Girls hit “2 Become 1”? I know, feels like something out of Macgruber…
I remembered when I saw the film Spice World with my mother and sister back in 1997, a time when I was actually pretty stoked to check it out!
“What is all the hype about girl power?”
Girl power is as stable as the Vagina Monologues…in my humble opinion. (Didn’t get that one? It’s fine.)
OK, enough fluff, time to stop
right now, thank you very much; I need somebody with a human touch! Lets us be kind, and rewind to a time when teens, tweens, and queens lived in a simplistic fairy-tale universe, simply known as Spice World!
The film is directed by Bob Spiers (who went on to do nothing), and stars the Spice Girls. The film also features cameos from Elton John, Dr. House, Johnathon Ross, and Bob Hoskins. (In what world our these people credited enough to be considered cameos?)
The film clearly had no idea what it wanted to be! First off, I raise the question of “is this film a parody?” I mean, it features a sub-plot about two Hollywood writers trying to pitch an idea for this exact movie. Yet, It is constantly proven throughout the picture that events in this film have actually happened in real life. All from the groups minor breakup, to their encounter with extra terrestrial. So, I guess essentially, the film is narrating itself through that sub-plot (which only proves that there wasn’t enough original material to make this film a full-length feature without that added fluff).
So, while I am in the process of shitting on Spice World, I can’t ignore that horrible scene where the Spice Girls join pop boot camp!
“Strength, and courage, and a wonder bra!”
I sincerely compliment the 2000 film Bring It On for learning from this disaster of a scene, and vastly improving the content for how a boot camp with a goofy instructor scene should be portrayed. Kudos Kristen Dunst…Kudos.
Mind you, I am well aware that these type of films were all over the place in the 90’s, and had a perfect right to be there.
I shall place my nostalgia hat on at this time, and go back to a place where Spice World made sense to me. Dare I say it, a time where this film actually made me happy (hit is Pharell).
If anything can save a bad film for me, it’s the music; and lucky for us viewers, this film has Spice Girl music…so we know were in for some bangerz. From the sexy up-beat performance of “I’m The Leader Of The Gang”, all the way to the films finale, featuring the hit single “Spice Up Your Life”, we are constantly reminded why these girls were so much fun and inspiring at the time. However, the one moment of the film (subjective) that gives us the gleaming moment of truth, love, and friendship was when they sang their most popular track “Wannabe” at the diner.
It gave us a clear look at who these girls were, and why they shared such a high level success.
Friendship clearly triumphed over all that stood in their way, and that is a message we can all stand by.
While the film serves as great torture material, it can equally be considered “sleepover acceptable”. I wish my friends would sing “Wannabe” with me at Shari’s…
D+ for Spice World
Sorry ladies, but “girl power” can only take you so far…
-Jimmy Kenneth Presley