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Sparkle

(DVD - 2012)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Sparkle
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In the 1960s, Sparkle and her two sisters form a singing group and dream of becoming stars beyond the affluent Detroit suburb where they come from, and where they are already well-known. But as the sisters become more famous, the close-knit nature of their family begins to fall apart. Features the late Whitney Houston's final screen performance.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2012]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (116 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.

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Feb 18, 2014
  • lasertravis rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Above average black musical drama. Not an actual musical where everything is sung, but very music intensive. The dramatic elements are almost shallow melodrama, but the movie is well acted (especially by Mike Epps who really breaks out in this acting-wise). The music and the performances are worth a watch. Jordin Sparks is lovely.

Jan 16, 2014
  • novelandmangacrazy rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

ok, but depressing.

Nov 17, 2013
  • movie20 rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

predictable, but still entertaining.

Jul 09, 2013
  • jrichardson06 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Dreamgirls was a much better movie than this

From the very beginning the film left loose ends. The gestures and speech were more "2008" than "1968." Action_wise it was good. The music could have been better. The soul was lacking. These actresses obviously didn't anything about "being uptight,living in a world of ghetto life." The biggest problem was the message for young girls to folllow their dreams in the music business. Pure devil's bidding.

not as good as original

Mar 11, 2013
  • btmslt rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

An alright film concerning the music industry.

Feb 24, 2013
  • nickeldime rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I thought I liked this movie and then I caught the end of "Dream Girls" on TV and realized that this didn't compare to it. There were some good parts. It was nice to see Whitney one more time and here her voice, but some of the other performances felt a bit stale.

Feb 18, 2013
  • ARamos123 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great and powerful movie. Loved it !! Five stars.

I was rooting for this remake but alas it just did not do the original justice. There were so many ridiculous general discrepancies especially in regards to the onstage costumes although many of them were beautiful. I felt like Derek Luke was replaying P.Diddy all over again and making Mike Epps a comedian instead of a gangster as in the original was a bad choice. That being said he didn't do an awful job. But the biggest error was in choosing Carmen Ejogo as Sister. I like her as an actress but she just did not sell it for me the way I thought she should have. Not to say the whole movie was bad. There were highlights such as Whitney and Jordan's performances and also the dinner scene as well as the scene with the three ladies and Mike Epps.

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Dec 17, 2012
  • salsabrarian rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I have made it very simple in this house: Respect, getting an education, and having a relationship with the Lord.

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