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  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The girls stop the bus to pee in the bushes and run into a crew of aliens who want tickets to their show but it's sold out. The girls are completely unfazed by this and even sign autographs for the aliens.
  • Cult Classic: Mainly for Spice Girls fans - especially those who were there for the mania of their peak - and 90s pop culture aficionados.
  • Forced Meme: While their tongues are clearly in their cheeks when they say it, the people hipster-ironically referring to the film as a "cinematic masterpiece" can feel like they're trying too hard to those who don't find it "bad enough" to be So Bad, It's Good, especially since a lot of the nostalgic appeal appears to be sincere and the movie itself is already not taking itself too seriously.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
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    • The sisterly conflict between Geri and Mel B (Geri possibly deliberately wearing Mel's boots and them arguing over a chess game) are toned down versions of the real-life personality clashes the two often had.
    • The girls are annoyed at their manager for not giving them time off, to the point where they (temporarily) walk out of their tour. The group would later sack their manager, partially for this reason.
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  • Harsher in Hindsight: The Actor Allusion references to Ginger's topless model days aren't quite as funny after her surgery to remove a benign tumour. Halliwell avidly supports breast cancer charities.
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  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The scene where the girls imagine what they'd be like as mothers, now that all of the girls have their own children. Especially the case with Victoria Beckham, who says "Thank God for boarding school" in this scene, but by all accounts is a very hands-on mother to her four kids.
  • It's Not Supposed to Win Oscars: In the Giving You Everything documentary, Victoria said that nobody was expecting to win Oscars for the film, they were just having a good time.
  • Narm Charm: No one disputes it's a terrible movie but for nostalgic reasons, any young'un now cannibalizing their youth in search of amusement can still reasonably enjoy the trip back through the 90s with the girls.
  • Nightmare Fuel: That scene with the aliens qualifies. They looked creepy and their voices sounded almost like the deadites from the Evil Dead trilogy. Whose idea was that? Turns into a bit of Nightmare Retardant once they start fanning out over the girls.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
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    • Jimmy McNulty is the photographer.
    • Toshiko Sato is the girl's pregnant friend.
    • Fans of English football may recognize an unusually lanky young man who appears in a concert audience early in the film as Peter Crouch, who would go on to play for the English national team a decade later.
  • Snark Bait: Given it's a campy and nonsensical movie about a girl group that ended shortly afterwards, the movie is certainly this for non-fans. As Razzie founder John Wilson put it, "Spice World wants desperately to be hip, self-deprecating, and devastatingly funny. It actually is devastatingly funny, but almost none of the laughs come where the filmmakers were seeking them."
  • So Bad, It's Good: Perhaps not as notorious as The Room or Plan 9 from Outer Space (to the point that it can almost feel like a Forced Meme), but it's not uncommon for people in The New '10s to jokingly refer to this movie as a "cinematic masterpiece," usually accompanied by a purposefully unflattering clip.
  • Uncertain Audience: The Nostalgia Chick comments on how she has no idea who it was being marketed towards, given that some of the jokes were clearly meant for adults (such as men in thongs and Victoria suggesting that Geri take her top off for a young boy in the hospital), but other jokes seemed more geared for kids, or at least would be unfunny to adults. Of course, you could make much the same point about the band themselves, so maybe the target audience was just "Spice Girls fans".
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Any viewer outside the demographic will laugh or weep at the sight of so many great British actors in this film.


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