August 17, 2012
Studio: TriStar Pictures (Sony)
Director: Salim Akil
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for mature thematic content involving domestic abuse and drug material, and for some violence
Screenwriter: Mara Brock Akil
Starring: Jordin Sparks, Whitney Houston, Derek Luke, Mike Epps, Carmen Ejogo, Tika Sumpter, Omari Hardwick, Cee-Lo Green
Official website: Sparkle-movie.com
"Sparkle" tells the story of the title character; Sparkle, (Jordin Sparks) the youngest of three sisters and a music prodigy who struggles to becomes a star while overcoming issues that are tearing her family apart. Sparkle is from an affluent Detroit area, naive to the unexpected experiences her new life will bring as she and her two sisters blossom into a dynamic singing group during the Motown-era. Whitney Houston will play the trio's mother (Emma). Mike Epps plays a wealthy comedian named Satin, who woos Sparkle's sister into a drug-filled abusive relationship on their way to the top. During her journey, Sparkle endures the trials and tribulations of fame but fights to rise through the ranks of the music business. "Sparkle" is set in the late 1960s when Detroit was the music mecca of America.