Friday, December 29, 2006



Jennifer Hudson: Effie White, lead singer of the group called “The Dreamettes”
Beyoncé Knowles: backup singer Deena Jones, (“the pretty one”)
Anika Noni Rose: the other backup singer Lorrell Robinson
Jamie Foxx: Detroit car salesman, wannabe-manager, Curtis Taylor Jr.
Eddie Murphy: famous “soul” singer James "Thunder" Early
Danny Glover: his long-time manager Marty
Keith Robinson: C.C. White, Effie’s brother and songwriter

From the onset, it seems to be a semiautobiographical movie based on the career of Diana Ross and the Supremes. But then about halfway through, Effie belts out a song that advances the story by way of the lyrics rather than narrative dialog and it becomes clear this is a musical. But this in no way detracts from the story about the struggles and hardship encountered in this line of business.

The production values throughout are first rate: the cinematography, costumes, sets, singing and dancing. And the acting is solid. Overall it’s very entertaining although a tad too long at two hours and 10 minutes.

for language, some sexuality and drug content.

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