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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Sparkle (out Friday)
By DAVID WEINER
November 27, 2012
The late, great Whitney Houston shines opposite American Idol winner Jordin Sparks for this uplifting, Motown-era musical drama. Set in 1960s Detroit, Sparkle follows the title character; Sparkle (Jordin), a music prodigy struggling to rise through the ranks of the music business. On the verge of stardom in a singing group with her two sisters, dramatic family issues threaten to tear them apart. Whitney plays the musical trio's mother, while Mike Epps plays a wealthy comedian who woos Sparkle's sister into a drug-filled and abusive relationship on their way to the top. The film also stars Derek Luke, Cee-Lo Green, Carmen Ejogo, Tika Sumpter and Omari Hardwick.