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Whitney (2015)

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Lackluster Houston biopic highlights addiction, sex.

Movie NR 2015 88 minutes
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age 16+


Not a good depiction of Whitney's life. Not entertaining.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

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The is a disappointing movie that feels superficial and unfinished. Directed by award-winning actress Angela Bassett, the series offers a soap opera-like interpretation of the events that led up to -- and seemingly defines -- the relationship between Houston and Brown, whose lives became frequent tabloid fodder until Houston's death in 2012. It also pays particular attention to Houston's drug use and the significant role it played in her life. Brown's alcoholism also is highlighted but to a lesser extent.

The passion that existed between the two singers is evident, but the omission of some of the darker details of their relationship, including domestic violence incidents, is glaringly obvious. Meanwhile, it's unclear what Bassett is trying to achieve by focusing the narrative solely on the earlier years of their partnership, which officially ended in 2006.

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