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Sparkle
  • PG-13
  • 1h 56m
  • 2012
Fresh78%
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Sparkle is a timeless story of the bonds of family, the trials of success and the power of music. In her feature film debut, “American Idol” sensation Jordin Sparks stars as Sparkle, a young woman whose big dreams seem almost impossible. She’s been warned against the pitfalls of the music industry by her protective mother (Whitney Houston), yet encouraged by the handsome and ambitious Stix (Derek Luke), Sparkle forms a trio with her sisters (Tika Sumpter and Carmen Ejogo). Together, they perform the soul-stirring songs that Sparkle pens. But as their fame grows, so does the risk of jealousy, self-doubt and insidious temptation. This sweeping drama is brought to life with a powerful cast including Mike Epps, Omari Hardwick and CeeLo Green.
© 2012 Stage 6 Films, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Fresh78%
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Variety
Derek Elley
Fresh

Though on paper the movie sounds like a slick relationship comedy, it plays much more realisticall...

June 21, 2017
Time Out
Geoff Andrew
Fresh

Most effective when the deceits perpetrated not just by Sam but by several others begin to take th...

June 21, 2017
Observer (UK)
Philip French
Rotten

Sparkle it doesn't, but it's well performed.

June 21, 2017
Reel.com
Rotten

June 21, 2017
Shadows on the Wall
Rich Cline
Fresh

Strongly natural performances and a likeable cast, plus a subtle examination of more serious theme...

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Whitney Houston's final film has some mature elements.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Sparkle is a remake of a '70s melodrama about the many travails that face those who seek fame and fortune in the music industry. Starring late pop superstar Whitney Houston (in her final film) and former American Idol champion Jordin Sparks, the period showbiz drama will appeal to both young Idol and older Houston fans. Like most showbiz industry tales, Sparkle has a fair amount of substance use (alcohol and drugs) and sexuality (passionate foreplay, revealing outfits, and discussion of adultery, premarital sex, and teen pregnancy). Even more unsettling is the portrayal of an abusive marriage that shows a couple hitting and hurting each other (the wife-beater is eventually killed in self defense). Despite the more intense elements, though, Sparkle is ultimately inspiring for young artists who want to reach for the stars.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Musical, Independent
  • Release Date:August 17, 2012
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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