LONDON -- "Seeing Double" forms part of that bizarre grouping of movies that feature pop bands running around glamorous locations looking for an excuse to sing and dance. The film, which marks the big-screen debut of Britpop sextet S Club, could prove to be a minor U.K. success, but it's hard to see it as more than a video/DVD release in most territories.
The script is by Kim Fuller, who also wrote "Spice World". The story is typical small-screen tosh: A mad inventor clones the six members of S Club while they are off at a gig in Spain and has the well-behaved new S Club clones play a series of concerts in Los Angeles. It is left for the plucky popsters -- Bradley, Rachel, Hannah, Jo, Tina and Jon -- to make their way to the United States and get to the bottom of this nefarious plot.
The real S Club break into a fortresslike L.A. mansion and discover that the fake S Club are actually bellybuttonless "popbots," and the clonemaster (David Gant) has evil plans to control the minds of the world's youth by controlling their pop icons.
On a certain level, "Seeing Double" is simply an extended television program, replete with awful jokes, nice locations, standard pop-video direction and a smattering of song-and-dance routines. The six members of S Club work hard at being attractive, endearing and mildly wacky, but only Hannah Spearritt (as Hannah) shows a natural spark. The scene where she tries to distract a pair of nasty-looking guard dogs with her glove puppet is genuinely quite amusing.
The Spanish and L.A. locations are extremely nice, and director Nigel Dick goes about his work with tongue-in-cheek enthusiasm. He is an experienced pop video director and, unsurprisingly, the performance sections are handled very well. In many ways, "Seeing Double" is an old-fashioned and endearingly innocent teen movie aimed fair and square at the Easter holiday marketplace.
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Director: Nigel Dick
Screenwriter: Kim Fuller
Producers: Simon Fuller, Alan Barnette
Director of photography: Joan Benet
Executive producer: Gayla Aspinall
Production designer: Laia Colet
Costume designers: Bobbie Read, Antonia Marques
Music: S Club
Editor: Mark Henson
Bradley: Bradley McIntosh
Rachel: Rachel Stevens
Hannah: Hannah Spearritt
Jo: Jo O.
Running time -- 91 minutes
No MPAA rating