Directed by Vondie Curtis-Hall
Starring: Mariah Carey, Max Beesley, Da Brat, Tia Texada, Valarie Pettiford, Ann Magnuson, Terrence Dashon Howard.
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some sensuality, language and brief violence.

Review by Matt Heffernan <>
October 14, 2001

I suppose that I can no longer see the point of bashing Glitter. In just a few weeks, the practice has already become cliché. Certainly the film is deserving of all the bashing, but it's now on its way out of theatres after only two weeks of wide release. Perhaps we should just move on.

But first, let me give my two cents, and I'll be on my way. In case you don't know, this is Mariah Carey's first movie vehicle, created to showcase her latest album -- or perhaps the other way around, I'm not sure. Anyway, she plays a young woman who goes from the abandoned daughter of an alcoholic lounge singer (Valarie Pettiford) to the toast of New York's club scene. And if you thought the bashing was cliché, you should see the film.

It's basically Coyote Ugly without the dancing barmaids. It's the kind of story that Hollywood should know better than to do, but they do anyway. In addition to this excuse for a story, there's Mariah. She's not an actor, and that's all I have to say. She's had some serious personal problems lately, and the last thing she needs is more criticism. I'll just give constructive advice: stick to making records and music videos like "Honey", which was an immensely better film than Glitter.

The rest of the cast is no treat, either, except for the usually dependable Ann Magnuson who offers an oasis of talent with her hyperactive publicist. And as for director Vondie Curtis-Hall, his once-promising career behind the camera may be over. With only Gridlock'd to stand next to this film, he had better hope that his new stint on "ER" (after four years on "Chicago Hope") lasts for a while.

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