Sparkle

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Whitney Houston's final film has some mature elements.

PG-13 2012 116 minutes

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 1 review

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age 13+

Some influential messages, but it definitely isn't for everyone.

It's mixed in with good lessons, but I don't think you could go for a role - model here. The language is REALLY strong for a PG-13 movie, and I mean it. Your teens will be able to handle the violence, and mild sex talks, depending on how you've been talking to them... Yes, there are drugs, drinking, and smoking, but seriously.. is that so bad? This movie isn't for everyone, for people not interested in singing, or drama please spare yourselves and watch something of interest,because,well... it's a pretty lengthy movie.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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