First filmed in 1976, this familiar-plotted but still entertaining musical drama offers showcase roles for two singers-turned-actresses: Season 6 "American Idol" winner Jordin Sparks as the breakout member of a group of singing siblings and, in her final screen performance, Whitney Houston as the women's obstructive mother.
You don't have Houston and not let her have her own big vocal moment, which would be one of the movie's highlights even if it weren't one of her last on film. CeeLo Green also appears, and the soundtrack includes songs by R. Kelly. DVD extras: two "making-of" documentaries; audio commentary by director Salim Akil. *** (PG-13: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray and Movies on Demand)
<a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008Y1YJN6/ref=nosim/?tag=zap2it07-20"><b>Buy 'Sparkle' on DVD</b></a>.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times