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The Jacksons are your average working-class family in Gary, Indiana; but when their father discovers the kids have an extraordinary musical talent they form a band. Winning talent show after talent show they soon hit it big when Motown calls. From there they become the now famous Jackson 5. But along the way their success brings trouble and turmoilWritten by
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When the boys are congratulating Tito on his engagement in the den Jermaine fixes some root beer floats. His float has not yet settled, but when he clicks his glass to Tito's it has settled. Then when he brings his glass back it is once again not settled. See more »
You know, I'm sick of this- promotional tours. When do we get to perform again?
Hey, man, ask Michael.
Yeah, sure. "Ask Michael." Who ever sees Michael?
You need an appointment to see your own little brother.
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This is one of those movies that you know contains factual "liberties" but you don't care because it still does its job of entertaining you. Given the time constraints, even as long as it was, there just was not adequate time to tell each family member's mini story. Having said that, I think the public would very much enjoy a longer version to include the missing elements. Maybe now?
As far the performances, I was most impressed by the actors playing Michael, especially Wylie Draper. He was phenomenal at capturing Michael's style and personality. I also loved Angela Bassett and Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs in their roles. Angela played Katherine Jackson as a loving mother that was a source of comfort for Michael. Lawrence's portrayal of Joeseph was excellent as a demanding task master that, underneath it all, just wanted more for his family than what they had waiting for them in Gary, Indiana. The other brothers were adequate and it was also interesting to see Terrence Howard at this early point in his career.
I agree with another reviewer who noted the glossing over of Michael's early solo career. As someone who distinctly remembers the "Off the Wall" period, I was disappointed that it was not given adequate screen time. Some of the highlights for me involved scenes where the brothers were all together having fun and goofing off, which showed them a close-knit family that cared for one another. I also loved the ending scene with the brothers singing "Thank You". Chills.
Overall, really enjoyable with great performances and choreography that sent me right back to my childhood. I was 4 when ABC came out. Whenever I see images of the Jackson 5 on stage or hear the familiar refrains of their songs, it just brings a smile to my face. This movie is a must for all Jackson fans.
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