Sparkle review

Salim Akil’s film is a loose remake of the long-forgotten ’76 film of the same name, a semi-fictional biopic of The Supremes.

This version tells the same well-worn story: aspiring singer/songwriter Sparkle (American Idol alum Jordin Sparks) forms a girl group with her sisters during the Motown era and faces various hardships while her church-y mom (Whitney Houston) frets away about her babies’ future.

Much crying ensues.

Houston, in her final role, shows a surprising amount of emotional depth.

Still, Sparkle isn’t Dreamgirls – but fans of schmaltzy showbiz fairytales should enjoy it.

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