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"SPARKLE"
(2012) (Jordin Sparks, Carmen Ejogo) (PG-13)


Alcohol/Drugs Extreme
Blood/Gross Stuff Moderate
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Extreme
Frightening/Tense Scenes Moderate
Gun/Weapons Minor
Imitative Behavior Moderate
Jump Scenes None
Music (Scary/Tense) Mild
Music (Inappropriate) Mild
Profanity Moderate
Sex/Nudity Heavy
Smoking Heavy
Tense Family Scenes Heavy
Topics to Talk About Heavy
Violence Heavy


QUICK TAKE:
Drama: A young woman and her sisters try to become the next big all-girl group in the 1960s, but must contend with various obstacles and setbacks.
PLOT:
It's 1968 and Sparkle Anderson (JORDIN SPARKS) is a young woman living in Detroit with her sisters, Sister (CARMEN EJOGO) and Dolores (TIKA SUMPTER), in the home of their mom, Emma (WHITNEY HOUSTON), who's strict with her girls, what with not wanting them to follow in her failed attempts at being an entertainer and unwed, young mother.

Yet, while Dolores is going to attend medical school, both Sister and Sparkle have the singer bug in them, something that doesn't escape the attention of Stix (DEREK LUKE) who catches a spirited performance by Sister of a song that Sparkle wrote. While Stix's cousin, Levi (OMARI HARDWICK), sets his romantic sights on Sister, Stix wants the young woman to form an all-girl singing group that he can then promote as their manager. Things seem to look up when local TV comedian Satin Struthers (MIKE EPPS) likes what he hears in the group, although he ends up stealing Sister away from Levi.

As their relationship goes from new romance to cocaine-fueled abuse, Stix tries to keep the group on track, especially when big record label producer Larry Robinson (CURTIS ARMSTRONG) shows interest in signing them. With Emma threatening to disown them if they continue and Sister's self-destructive behavior threatening their potential success, Sparkle finds herself conflicted about following her dream of being a singer-songwriter.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're fans of anyone in the cast and/or music of the era, they might have some interest.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For mature thematic content involving domestic abuse and drug material, and for some violence, language and smoking.


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