Ty Burr
February 06, 1998 AT 05:00 AM EST

Spice World

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
director
Bob Spiers
author
Kim Fuller
genre
musical, Comedy

We gave it a C

Shabbily filmed, thoroughly harmless Official Product. The weenyboppers who make up the Spice Girls’ core audience won’t care that this rips off A Hard Day’s Night down to its knickers, and the Spices flaunt a girl-power camaraderie that’s shallow but hard to resist. The analogue in Spice World is really the cruddy, engaging cash-ins that followed A Hard Day’s Night, from Seaside Swingers to The Monkees. None of those, however, ended with the band rallying around the hospital bed of a buddy giving birth. That’s kitsch, but progress. C

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