SPICE UP YOUR LIFE
It occupies a permanent spot in the cannon of pop crossovers, foremother to Katy Perry’s Part of Me and Britney Spears’s Crossroads. But Spice World (1997) has wonky British flair, placing it more fittingly next to the Monkees’ Head than any other music-to-movie venture. See Baby, Scary, Sporty, Posh, and Ginger (sometimes called Sexy) Spice as they blaze through a series of vignettes in their ballin’ double-decker tour bus. The phenomenon that was the Spice Girls may have been reduced to a mental footnote in the cultural memory of most millennials, to be consulted chiefly when belting “Wannabe” at bachelorette party karaoke and never more. But back in the day, everyone was on board; the movie’s guest stars include Elton John, Meatloaf, and Alan Cumming as Piers Cuthbertson-Smyth, an overzealous filmmaker stalking the band. Cumming introduces the film tonight, so slam your body down . . . a-zig-a-zig-ah.
Fri., June 13, 12:10 a.m., 2014
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