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Sparkle (1976)

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Predictable rise-to-fame tale with gangs, drugs, violence.

Movie PG 1976 98 minutes
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age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

I enjoyed "Sparkle"! It was a modernized version of the original movie; yet, still has an interesting story line to keep you watching and wanting more even after the movie is over. A must see for all those who love this original movie. You will not be disappointed! I want to get the movie's soundtrack.

Your child should be at least a mature 15 year old to view this film.

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Kids say: Not yet rated

Sparkle is an inspiring film, but also a predictable one. Cara and her sisters, especially Lonette McKee as the aptly-named Sister, shine on stage, and the musical numbers are excellent. Offstage, however, the story takes on a movie-of-the-week quality, as one character after another falls victim to the standard pitfalls of fame.

One gets involved with gangsters, another takes up with an abusive thug and gets hooked on drugs. Others give up on fame and decide to pursue other goals. Only Sparkle remains focused on her musical dreams, and after a second-act falling out, only Stix is there to guide her eventual rise to fame. The ending is satisfying, but was easy to predict almost from the very beginning.

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