Spice World

Year: 1997
Studio: Columbia
Director: Bob Spiers
Writer: The Spice Girls/Kim Fuller
Cast: Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton, Gerri Halliwell, Melanie Chisolm, Victoria Beckham, Michael Barrymore, Richard E Grant, Roger Moore, Elvis Costello, Alan Cumming, Stephen Fry, Jason Flemyng, Bob Geldof, Bob Hoskins, Barry Humphries, Elton John, Hugh Laurie, Meat Loaf, Jennifer Saunders, George Wendt

At the height of their popularity and pulling power, a movie about the Spice Girls was as inevitable as the dolls, CDs and everything else that came with the marketing corporation masquerading as a singing group.

Not even Richard E Grant was immune. As he told an audience at the 2007 Sydney Writer's Festival, he absent mindedly scrawled a note about the role near his phone after his agent offered it to him and his daughter was so excited at the prospect he agreed.

There's a disposable plot about the life and times of the girls in their Beatles-like tour bus as they go about their various concert appearances and try to have fun in amongst their many media obligations and it's peppered with British acting cameos who knew it was all for a laugh. If you keep a proper sense of perspective, you'll have one too.

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