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A conventional biopic on almost every level, “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story” has so many soapy elements wrapped up in it that nobody really needed to vamp much to hard-sell them. Produced by a small army that includes surviving TLC members Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas and Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, the movie mixes in liberal dollops of music with the group’s up-from-nothing success story and struggles, both internally and against their record label and handlers. Few stories are more fraught with cliches than the rising actor/musician unprepared for the dizzying view from the top, but the project meshes neatly with VH1’s urban appeal.

Starting from the group’s origins in Atlanta (where the movie was shot, for once, not just for the tax credits), the project recounts how Tionne (Drew Sidora) and Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes (Niatia “Lil’ Mama” Kirkland) began performing together, were discovered by and split with Pebbles »


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