Do you remember Spice World? You have to. It was easily one of the weirdest '90s movies, if not one of the weirdest films ever made, period. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but nor is it a good thing - it just is. For better or worse, Spice World is one of the craziest movies you'll ever see, up there with the likes of best-forgotten mess Theodore Rex.
Depending on how you look at it, Spice World might even be one of the funniest movies of the '90s (though it didn't crack our list). It's so ludicrous that it's impossible not to laugh while viewing - whether you're laughing at it or with it varies from person to person.
What follows is everything you may have forgotten, or perhaps never knew, about Spice World. If you've decided you can't go on and would rather read about, say, obscure '90s horror flicks, you can do that here, but in the mean time hop on the infamous Union Jack tour bus because we've got some ground to cover.
There Are An Insane Number Of Plots In The Movie That Make Zero Sense
Just reading the first paragraph of the plot as summarized by Wikipedia is enough to give you a headache. In the setup of the movie alone there are around four villains introduced - mind you, this is a movie about a pop group. In the film, the Spice Girls are antagonized by a newspaper magnate, a photographic journalist, a paparazzo and his entire crew, Roger Moore as the villainous head of their record label, not to mention a couple Hollywood writers trying to pitch the girls some horrible plot ideas for a movie. Of course, their biggest adversary is fame and all the pitfalls therein. This is a movie with meaning, people.
All the while, the band is traveling the globe performing various musical numbers throughout the film, preventing them from spending quality time with their pregnant friend, which is an actual crux in the plot.
At various points in the movie the Spice Girls participate in fashion montages, jump a bus over London Bridge, race their pregnant friend to the hospital to deliver her baby, race their bus away from the hospital to make it to a show only to discover a bomb on the bus, and to top it all off, there's even an alien encounter. How many random plot twists can you fit into a movie? A lot.
Because Of Course There Are Aliens In This MovieVideo: YouTube
There's a random scene in the middle of the movie where the girls find themselves wandering through a forest at night looking for a place to answer nature's call. Suddenly there's a sound imminently reminiscent of Close Encounters of the Third Kind before an alien craft (much like the one in said movie) is revealed.
First of all, upon hearing the sound, one of the girls yells, "Ugh, pack it in now!" To which another responds, "It wasn't me!" This, in case it's unclear, is a fart joke. Then when the group looks up to see a massive, glowing ship, and Ginger Spice quite reasonably yells, "Oh my God, run for it!" Despite this, no one, not even Ginger herself, makes any move whatsoever to flee.
Fortunately, the aliens mean no harm. In fact, their sole purpose is to procure tickets from the Spice Girls for their next show. Most notably, the aliens speak an alien language, for which the movie deserves kudos as too many sci-fi movies feature English speaking extra-terrestrials. The movie loses those points, however, when the Spice Girls have absolutely no problem communicating with the aliens, apparently able to perfectly comprehend their language.
There's A Fourth Wall-Breaking Post-Credits Scene
Before Marvel ever conceived of making us sit through the credits for more footage, the Spice Girls were breaking that ground.
"It’s the sad anti-climax," said Ginger. "It’s all over. Back to reality."
Then Baby asks, “Was there nothing on the telly then?”
"The pop stars are... aware of how the end of their film is ultimately disappointing," Carly Mallenbaum of USA Today writes in reference to these parting words. Perhaps that's true, or maybe they're perfectly comfortable with being the butt of the joke, and hope the audience was as willing as the band to not take the movie seriously.
The Movie Can Claim A Fair Amount Of Prescience
There's a scene when Sporty is mocking Posh spice, pretending to be her and saying, "I'm just too posh." Ironically, in late 2017, Melanie C. was "slammed" by viewers for speaking with a "terrible posh accent" on a morning show.
More substantively, though, there were other moments of clairvoyance. As the Telegraph put it in reference to one of the many villains, "Contemporary press regulations would have put an end to much to much of the work done by the film’s paparazzi antagonist," suggesting that the film's commentary on the then-legal but abhorrent practices of the paparazzi foresaw a change in procedure.
The piece pointed to further prescience, saying, "Like their film alter-egos, the girls were young, in-demand and swiftly becoming disillusioned with fame. Within a year of making Spice World, Halliwell had abandoned the group, leaving them a fractured foursome doomed to a swift demise."