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Directed by: Salim Akil

Cast: Jordin Sparks, Carmen Ejogo, Derek Luke, Mike Epps, Whitney Houston

Running Time: 1 hr 56 mins

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: August 17, 2012

Plot: A girl group forms in Detroit in the ’60s. They hope to be a Motown hit, but the chance of fame tests the family.

Who’S It For? People who want some melo with their drama. Sure, the Motown music has its moments, but you’d be better served to open up your vinyl collection and stay home.


They called it Sparkle because they were worried there wasn’t enough shine on this film. I’m sure of it. It oddly goes beyond that, as what looks like a family film, something that might be safe and sweet gives way to rapid-fire chaos. The melodrama that spews in the middle hour of this film isn’t tender, sweet, or poignant. It’s just »

- Jeff Bayer

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