The Spice Girls may be best-known for their massive hit singles and albums in the 1990s, and rightly so because the quintet enjoyed unprecedented success and have become one of the most iconic bands of all-time. Spice World was the title of the band’s second studio album, released on November 3, 1997, but the same name was also given to the Spice Girl’s movie. The Spice World Movie is a musical comedy written by Kim Fuller and Jamie Curtis and directed by Bob Spiers, the latter having directed Fawlty Towers: Series 2, The Goodies, Absolutely Fabulous and the third series of the hit British comedy Bottom. All five Spice Girls, Emma “Baby Spice” Bunton, Geri “Ginger Spice” Halliwell, Mel “Scary Spice” B, Victoria “Posh Spice” Beckham and Mel “Sporty Spice” C play themselves in what is a light-hearted comedy.
Filming took place in London, England for six of the eight weeks it took to complete filming and also inside the famous Twickenham Studios and at more than 40 famous British landmarks. The Spice Girls were supported by an all-star cast including Richard E. Grant, singer Meat Loaf and Alan Cumming and filming was often in front of a heavy media presence due to the band’s huge popularity at the time.
Spice World The Movie begins with the Spice Girls singing “2too Much” on Top of the Pops but they quickly become bored and dissatisfied with the burdens associated with fame and fortune. A sinister newspaper owner attempts to ruin the Spice Girls’ reputation in order to boost his newspaper’s rating and pays for people to follow the girls and take photographs of them.
While this is going on, the girls are preparing for a live concert at the Royal Albert Hall, which will be their biggest-ever performance. The constant practising and travelling puts a strain on the girls’ relationships. There is also a scene where Victoria drives the tour bus over the open Tower Bridge only to discover a bomb on the bus. Ultimately, the girls make it to the Royal Albert Hall and after some shenanigans, put on a fantastic performance for their adoring fans, singing “Spice Up Your Life.”
The film’s premier was aired on December 15, 1997 and was released to British cinemas on Boxing Day of the same year. In North America, the movie was released on January 23, 1998 and became acult hit, breaking the record for the highest-ever weekend debut for Super Bowl Weekend with an impressive $10,527,222 box office sales. Spice World The Movie went on to gross more than $77 million at the box office and $101 million including DVD sales, despite the fact the film received mostly negative reviews from critics.
Checking out Spice World on the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) revealed an overall rating of only 3.4 out of 10, although it is listed among the 100 Most Enjoyingly Bad Movies Ever Made in the Golden Raspberry Award founder John Wilson’s book THE OFFICAL RAZZIE MOVIE GUIDE. Film critic Roger Elbert put Spice World in his infamous “Most Hated” list.