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Cecil knows what you want, what you really really want: A review of Spice World, starring the Spice Girls as themselves in an script (from the writer of From Justin to Kelly) that makes the plot of the Pink Lady movie seem coherent. Watch as the Spice Girls revive a kid from a coma, help deliver a baby, encounter aliens, and talk various celebrities who all should have known better (including Elton John, Bob Hoskins, Elvis Costello, and Hugh Laurie) into making cameos!

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  • Jeff Bradford

    Haha! Brilliant Cecil. Though I doubt I’ll ever see this movie, you have given me a chance to look back at it after I ignored it in my childhood. Very nice.

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      Thanks! I like to mix things up now and then.

      • Concerned

        Did they ever make a sequel for this? I don’t know.

        • Jeff Bradford

          No, the Spice Girls broke up before they ever even thought of making a Spice World 2.

          • rpdavies

            There was talk of a 2nd film not long before Geri left, though it might have just been a rumour.

        • Cecil_Trachenburg

          What the folks below me said.

      • Cameo

        The finger clicking guy is Jools Holland, so another cameo – http://www.joolsholland.com/

        • Cecil_Trachenburg

          Thanks for the tip!

  • Liam Barrett

    … I saw this movie in theaters. I still have a soft spot in my heart for it.

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      I missed the theatrical run but watched it repeatedly on VHS

      • Jill Bearup

        I saw this one in the cinema when I was…11. Ah, I was such a Spice Girls fan, it was embarrassing.

        And I’m pretty sure the script was, in fact, written on some kind of narcotic. Great review!

        • Cecil_Trachenburg

          Thanks!

          They had so much money rolling in from Spice Girls merch, I’m sure of it.

  • Sand Ripper

    I never thought I’d see a reference to Scanner’s Hypertrace…well, anywhere. I salute you, sir.

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      Thanks! I have all of Scanner’s albums but Hypertrace is their best. Seriously one of the best metal albums of all time that most have never even heard of.

      You have excellent taste in music!

  • S P Erangey

    Wow, a fellow S Club 7 fan! I remember their movie coming out but I never actually saw it. I look forward to that review.
    Just to give you some more information on random finger clicking guy, his name is Jools Holland. He’s best known for hosting ‘Later… with Jools Holland’, a show where music acts of varying genres and degrees of fame stand in a circle and perform live versions of their songs (it’s much better than I make it sound). He’s also a piano player in his own right, and has released many albums over the years, including one with Tom Jones. With this in mind, it does make sense that he’s in the band, but I have no idea why they’d hire him just to click his fingers, especially when they have two keyboards and a piano. Maybe he just drew the short straw.
    It seems like you have a really good knowledge of UK celebrities, so I imagine this is something you already knew. I bring it up because he wasn’t in your list of cameos.

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      I’ve had a few people mention Jools Holland. I am pretty up on UK shows (some of my favorites…love the dry humor) but he just kind of snuck past my radar when I was putting this together.

      In the movie I think he was supposed to be the Spice Girls’ producer but they never really mention him by name or job title.

  • Michael A. Novelli

    I’m sorry, but the pregnancy fantasy just reminds me of that movie Fat Slags. *shudder*

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      My eyes! They burn!

  • Mindflash1984

    Surprised you didn’t work in a Scrubs reference with the “power of boobs” scene, but not a bad review.

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      Thanks.

      I don’t like sit-coms so I’m not really familiar with Scrubs. I’ve seen bits and pieces but never a whole episode.

  • Concerned

    I feel sorry for Richard E. Grant here. Poor guy should really get a better agent sometimes. (Except if said agent got him into The Iron Lady.)

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      Well, for him this may have been a huge get. Sure the Spice Girls now are thought of a somewhat of a joke but at the time they were the biggest thing on the planet. Tons of people were lining up to get into that gravy train.

  • rpdavies

    I’ve not seen this for a years but I was quite fun in it’s own way.

    In some ways the cameos shows how big the Spice Girls were at the time.

    Ones I can think of that haven’t been mentioned include: Naoko Mori, Jennifer Saunders, Stephen Fry, Richard O’Brien, Barry “Dame Edna” Humphries & Roger Moore.

    • Tad Whatever

      I’m not sure what video you watched, but all of those cameos were mentioned in this one.

      • Cecil_Trachenburg

        Yeah, I think the only one in that list I missed was Mori and for her it wasn’t really a cameo. She was just in the movie as a job since she worked with the director on AbFab.

  • Tad Whatever

    “Bluefeld”? “Ursula Anders”?

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      Did I pronounce them wrong?

  • maarvarq

    I found this review rather odd in that you concentrated on the bad things about the film then wrapped up by saying how much you liked it. Incidentally, as I continue to be a sucker for stories that refer to themselves, I loved the “writers” pitching the movie as it happened, and my absolute favourite moment is the deliberately cheesy “bus jumping Tower Bridge” shot.

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      I did give the movie a good roasting but I genuinely enjoy it. It is a very self aware pile of silliness that is only bad if you take it seriously. The bus part is hilarious.

  • Jmjames

    I’m right there with you guy. Sporty Spice is super hot.

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      I’m happy to know I’m not the only one.

  • Redclaire

    Yay! S Club movie review! Ain’t no party like an S Club par-tay!

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      Oh yeah! It probably won’t be for a while but it is in the pipe.

  • khblv

    How did Meat Loaf get in this movie?

    • Concerned

      He should have told his agent he would do anything for love, but he won’t do that.

      • Cecil_Trachenburg

        lol

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      I think he has a soft spot for musicals. He was in the Rocky Horror after all.

  • Jmjames

    I would like to get a listing of all the films in the opening. Some of them look really interesting. I recognize some of them of course.

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      Here they are in order: (you should watch them all!) I Come in Peace, The Stuff, Class of 1999, My Boyfriend’s Back, Riki-Oh, Roller Boogie, Defcon-4, Thriller: A Cruel Picture, Class of 1999, Motel Hell, The Crazies, Society, Cool as Ice.

  • FullofQuestions1

    I haven’t seen this movie, and I wasn’t quite old enough to be into the band when they were a rage. I do know some of the songs though, and “Tell Me What You Want” has some popularity at my high school.

    As for S Club 7, I have a soft spot for “Bring It All Back.”

    Great job!

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      Thanks! The Spice Girls were massive and they even parodied that in the music video for Spice world.

      I was watching TV one day and stumbled upon S Club by accident. I feel in love with the show due to its goofy nature. It felt like a British version of The Monkees. Plus, Tina and Hannah were awesome. Big fan of the tunes too. Super catchy.

      • rpdavies

        S Club were put together by the Spice Girls ex-manager Simon Fuller.

        They had a spin-off in the S Club Juniors, 2 of who are now in The Saturdays.

        • Cecil_Trachenburg

           I tried to check out the juniors out of curiosity but I wasn’t really into them. Didn’t have the same chemistry.

  • Nightclawer/Reefer Madness guy? Wasn’t he Boris in GoldenEye, or am I wrong?

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

       Good eye! Yep, Alan Cumming was Boris in Goldeneye.

      • Sofie Liv

         Alan Cumming is probably the best “Bad movie.” actor of all time..
        Okay maybe not, but he is a really good actor, always so full of so much delightful energy, able to both sing and dance very impressively, and yet he always picks so terrible movies!

        I don’t know, I love that man! I always find him very enjoyable and the movies around, where he acts the hell out of it, are for the most part soooo bad. The Mask 2, The Flinstones Viva Las Vegas, Air Zone solution (how can you not love his evil performance in that one?) 

        I almost shed a little tear as he got to be in reefer madness, a movie making good use of his talents while actually also being an excellent movie itself.

        I freaking Love Alan Cumming! he is my favourite gay Scottish Dancer, singer and actor!

        • Ed Wong Hau Wuncler IV

          He was also good in Spy Kids as Floop, a Willy Wonka type of character who never wanted to be a villain, he just wanted to improve his children’s TV show and wouldn’t let anyone get in the way of it. I know the Spy kids franchise really went downhill with 3 and 4, but the first and second are still pretty good and creative movies which hold up beyond nostalgia.
          So John Barrowman is number 2 on your favourite gay Scottish performers I take it?

          • Sofie Liv

             YEAS! X)

            All scottish gay performers are bound to be good though.

            I kind of think Spy kid is still a dumb movie (and don’t forget Cumming was also in the third one which was a VERY dumb movie.) But dammit! I still like Alan Cummings performances in them!

            As I said, he pick really shitty movies, and yet he is so damn enjoyable in them! I just, he is such an oddity and I love him!

          • Ed Wong Hau Wuncler IV

            Yeah since there’s only about four of them! Alan Cumming, John Barrowman, John Sessions and David Paisley. I don’t think anyone outside of Britain knows who the last two are.

            Yes, he was in the third movie which I thought wass bad and unnecessary but the first one is good and I meant to say the second one is just okay. Some people didn’t like Robert Rodriguez doing a kids film which I can see you’re one of those people but I still enjoyed them, regardless of the silly (not dumb in my opinion) moments. Plus it had an awesome Latino-inspired Score which made me wanna get up and kick some arse!

            Spiceworld however had Meatloaf as a bus driver. Somehow that didn’t even make it remotely enjoyable! How is that possible?

          • Sofie Liv

             I don’t believe people are as upset with the fact that he decided to make childrens movies as much as they are just really bad movies, or arguable two decent and two very bad movies. When he otherwise has proven himself to be an extremely competent director.

            It’s very disappointing having a director you like spitting out slug in the same franchise when we all know he could spend his time making good movies, because he is really good in that other genre.

            Were he good at making childrens movies, there wouldn’t be any problems… but he isn’t. That’s the problem :/

            I don’t know, not even young Antonio Banderas looking flipping good while Alan Cumming being his usual odd self could safe that movie for me.

            I do believe my biggest dissapoint in that franchise was when I was on a big Lord of the rings flip and went in cinema to watch Spy kid 3 ONLY for Elijah wood, and he is in there for just around three seconds before getting blasted into oblivion… really! And it indeed happened while Lord of the rings were still brand new and the biggest thing on the movie marked. Even I a thirteen year old fangirling kid could tell it was a bad movie. 

          • Ed Wong Hau Wuncler IV

            Well at least we’re in agreement that the third film sucks. I haven’t seen the fourth and I most likely won’t see it due to my lack of interest in the series after the second. I won’t be re-watching the first two over and over like I could with some family movies that hold up WAY better, but I still appreciate them for what they are.
            I’m not that reliable a person to talk about the topic of film and theatre since I didn’t study them after year 9 (a move I kinda regret) but I do watch these reviews and what movies are suggested as a more theatrically respectable alternative by the reviewers. Went it comes to arguing with you guys on here, I’ll most likely come up short. :/

          • Sofie Liv

             Sweety, neither do I have any kind of looong film education.
            I got some background in “performers art.” which is how to act on stage, and has nothing to do with analysing movies. I never had any film related education.

            Most of my movie knowledge does indeed come from listening to other video producers as well as thinking deeply over certain subjects by myself.

            I am not paper qualified to talk about movies at all, how-ever I do deeply enjoy it and care about the subject. And that the ground basis for all my arguments. so don’t worry, I am no proof, you can be in on the debates.

          • Ed Wong Hau Wuncler IV

            You could have fooled me. I just think that what you display is a clear understanding of acting and presenting stories either through your acting tips or your analyses of films on here or blip.
            I could listen to you talk about shows or movies all day. :)

          • Sofie Liv

             Thanks.
            I do think what I learned the most from is when I have been really disappointed in a movie and then asked myself. “What could be done to do the same thing but have it work? what did they do wrong?”
            So really, you learn more from failed movies than good movies, and then of cause to listen to a bunch of smart people around the net.

            Red Letter media is a whole film school in himself. Cecil here is obviously also a very smart guy who knows stuff, I just steal from every-where. (sorry Cecil.)

            Oh! and audio commentaries! I love good audio commentaries! not all directors are good at it, Tim Burton is terrible at it! but some really does put out gold, Guilmoro Del-toro really spills the gold on the audio commentaries, Peter Jackson, and my favourite audio commentary I ever listened to. Nicholas Meyer on the 2006 DVD release of Star Trek wrath of Khan. It’s two hours of him spitting out gold!
            Unfortunately for the 2010 re-release (due to the new moving coming in cinema.) that audio track is gone, exchanged with a new audio commentary made by some “Star Trek enterprise.” producers.
            I don’t know why the hell any-one would do some-thing like that. But you know, the world doesn’t lack stupid people apparently.

            (Just ask Warner brothers, the studio whom had so much trouble making superhero movies and turned Joss Whedon down as director for several DC related projects… they must be kicking themselves so hard right now.) 

          • Cecil_Trachenburg

            Rodriguez is an incredibly talented director. One thing he understands well is the Hollywood game and he played it perfectly. He made Spy Kids 2&3 with the clause that he would have full control over Once upon a time in Mexico. He bankrolled the money he made with that and opened his own studio so he could make the movies he wants to make. He dipped back into the Spy Kids franchise to have the extra funds to put into Sin City 2&3.

            Now he is at a point in his career where he works mostly with Tarantino and Roth, who jokingly called themselves the Unholy Trinity.

          • Sofie Liv

            Okay that’s cool, and I can sort of respect that.

            But that probably also mean he doesn’t care for spy kids at all and explains why they are such slug becoming worse and worse with each movie.
            As I am actually a childrens movies fan and firmly believe kids deserves better, I am not entirely forgiven him on that one.
            I mean, he is making the darn movies, the least he should do is to try and make them good. (clearly he didn’t in Spy kids 3, that he didn’t care at all soaks through on the screen.)
            When Steven Spielberg makes his “This one for the studio films.” which are, lets face it, roughly every second movie that he makes, at least he is present and he is trying. He had a lot of miss-fires in the past, I don’t deny that, but he tries every-time.

            Oh well, Sin city 2, it’s difficult complaining about that. If Del-toro was smarter at playing the game, we might could have had the Culthulu film now. 

            so, yeah. still disappointing, for I do like him as a director when-ever he cares.

          • Cecil_Trachenburg

            Well, he did at least care about the first 2, as well as Sharkboy and Lavagirl which he did for his son. (the concept was his son’s idea and he fleshed it into a movie) I only ever saw the first two and while they were not my cup of tea, I thought they were good family movies.

            As far as 3&4 I can’t say because I haven’t seen them. I think he was rushed on 3, which is why it came off so half assed.

            I think Spielberg stopped caring a long time ago. The last good thing I’ve seen from him was Catch me if you can. (still haven’t seen Tintin) This is a shame because he has made some of my all time favorite movies. Although at least he hasn’t fallen as far as Tim Burton. He was an awesome director and now he completely sucks. Every movie he does now is a remake with a “Burton” coat of paint. That is, everyone looks like Edward Scissorhands.

            I think there is more to Del Toro having issues with the studio. The guy does incredible work when they just leave him be. Look at Pan’s Labyrinth. (done outside of hollywood) I’m still amazed he was able to make Hellboy the way he wanted.

            I have high hopes for Sin City 2&3 because Sin City was incredible.

          • Sofie Liv

            Been a while since I saw Spy kids, so I shouldn’t talk to much about it, and I was only.. eight maybe, when the first one came out.
            I am still a little hesitant to call it good, it’s certainly not up to usual Rodriguez standards. (that’s just because I like the man and puts his movie to quite a high standard, because I know he is capable.) but what-ever, it’s not really worth fighting about is it?

             I honestly thought both “War Horse.” and “Tintin.” were really really good movies, two very different movies but both archiving in becoming what they wanted to be. So I am hesitant to call Spielberg fallen at all. I believe he still got it, he made shitty movies I wont deny that, but I don’t think he lost it.

            I actually literately just came home from watching Burtons “Dark Shadows.”
            It’s erh.. how do I put it.. It’s actually not downright bad, far better than the last… five movies.. he made.
            Whilst the story is pretty much just all over the place and needed a more firm structure as well as focus, there were tons of good ideas. What saved the movie most though for me, was how self indulgent and passion filled it felt, it was Burton and Depp having fun again, which is what their prior movies seriously needed.
            Yet, still.. It’s one of those movies where I sit with one huge “could have been.” cause there are honestly so many good ideas, and I would have loved for it to just pick one or two of them and explore it probably instead of having so many and this not having time to explore any-thing probably, the ending just baffles the hell out of me, oh well.

            Yeah, Pan Labyrinth is without a doubt in my top five favourite movies of all time, I love that thing to pieces, and I still sit with a wish that some big studio would just give the man a bunch of money and let him alone with his projects, I as well adore Hell boy II, it’s so obvious he did what-ever he wanted, and it’s such an oddity of a hero film, but I still feel it’s really really good, and I love it very much.

          • Cecil_Trachenburg

            Oh I wasn’t fighting! (damn text doesn’t always convey tone) I was just saying that Spy Kids was just, well, decent for a family movie but definitely not what I want to see Rodriguez doing.

            Yeah, Speilberg isn’t totally fallen I just feel that his movies don’t have the same passion that his older ones do. Like he is making them because he feels like he should rather than wanting too. I was also disheartened at how he disowned Close Encounters because he feels it isn’t a movie he could make now. (now that he has a family he could never imagine leaving them like Dreyfuss did) Close encounters is one of his best and he can’t stand it because of that?! Just because you make a movie where bad things happen doesn’t mean you want those things to happen in reality.

            Tim Burton just makes me sad because I know what he is capable of (Ed Wood and Beetlejuice are the best) but he seems to be phoning it in.

            I’m hoping that now with Joss Whedon making a butt ton of money with the Avengers that producers will be more keen to give money to geek directors instead of the usual slew of jock music video directors.

          • Sofie Liv

            We’re good :)  

            Edward scissorhands is also one of my all time favourites.
            And yeah, stuff as Alice in Wonderland and so on just made me very very sad. I’ll get around to that at some point.

            It’s funny cause so many people are saying. “I liked the Avengers, but it wont change that much in movie making.”

            … I hope that it does!
            It actually does every-thing I have been searching for in that kind of movies, if there is some-thing I repeat over and over it is. “Make it more simple, make the structure solid, firm and simple.” and well, the Avengers is just that and no other films what I can see does it, because they are busy trying to be all new and ground breaking and stuff. While Avenger, it’s only concentrating on one thing. To be a good movie on its own! People should learn from that.

            I also know for certain that it will be my number one referential movie from now on, when I review stuff in the Transformers category, Avengers is from now on the movie I can point to and talk about good action, solid simple plot, good solid characters ext. It’s every-thing I have been searching for ever since I started talking about newer big buck movies.

            So yeah, man I hope it’s going to shake things up and change stuff in hollywood.

            It is the highest opening weekend grossing movie ever now you know. It made even more than Avatar or the Dark knight did in their opening weekends.

          • Cecil_Trachenburg

             :)

            There is no way the Avengers won’t have an impact on filmmaking. Look at Avatar. For better or worse (mostly worse) because they made every movie 3D.

            I’m just glad Joss is finally getting the recognition he’s deserved for years. Now, bring on the big budget Buffy!

          • Mr Shankly

            If that’s the case then I hope he made Spy Kids 4 so he’ll have full control of the Machete sequels coming out.

        • Cecil_Trachenburg

          He’s terrific. He was awesome in X-men 2. I even loved him in Josie and the Pussycats.

  • FullofQuestions1

    Wait, I just realized that the guy who directed this also directed six Fawlty Towers episodes! Sorry for the randomness, that’s just funny to me.