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Sparkle (2010)

Stockard Channing , Bob Hoskins , Tom Hunsinger & Neil Hunter  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Stockard Channing, Bob Hoskins, Shaun Evans, Lesley Manville, Amanda Ryan
  • Directors: Tom Hunsinger & Neil Hunter
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Revolver Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2010
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003B2UJVE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,079 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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This gentle Brit-flick is so unassuming that it takes you a while to realise that it s actually rather good. Relative newcomer Shaun Evans plays Sam, an ambitious young man who cosies up to the glamorous Sheila (Stockard Channing) - only to find his plans in trouble when he falls for young rebel Kate (Amanda Ryan). Meanwhile, his wannabe lounge singer mother Jill (Lesley Manville) is fighting off the devoted attentions of her shy admirer Vince (Bob Hoskins, in a role that s sweetly against type). The characters are nicely drawn, and if it sometimes feels a little too small, it s still a charming and smart rom-com that s worth a look. Sparkle may not be an obvious bobby dazzler but seek it out and you'll be rewarded with a real gem. --Helen O'Hara, Empire

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From the directors of Lawless Heart comes Sparkle, a hilarious and heart-warming comedy about life, love, and getting ahead in the twenty-first century. Sam Sparks (Shaun Evans) is a 22-year old with ambitions: to move to London and join the glamorous PR

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Delightful Rom-Com July 28, 2010
The amazingly wonderful Stockard Channing adapts a perfect British accent in this delightful movie, channeling the persona of Anne Bancroft in The Graduate. It brings back both the simple delights and then the erratic complications of new & old love. The Hollywood veteran cast members bring the comedy & are supported by playful newcomers who help renew the fresh & innocent sense of falling in love. I saw Sparkle at the Edinburgh Film Fest and I look forward to the US release because it's the perfect rom-com to watch over and over- it's refreshing even once you discover all of the surprises...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lesley Manville is a surprisingly good singer January 4, 2011
Lesley Manville's rendition of the Korgis' "Everybody's Got to Learn Sometime" is superb. (This was also covered by Beck in "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind").
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bob Hoskins is the Man July 28, 2010
By G.Roth
Sparkle proves that Hoskins is a verstile actor as he adds another surprising role to his repitiore. Definitely recommend!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By MandM
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Excited to watch this movie, thinking I'd found a diamond in the rough, I sat down with my girlfriend to watch. Within five minutes we were giving each other the 'Are you sure you want to watch this?' looks.

We're patient people, and decided to give it another 20 minutes. But it stinks.

Maybe, maybe, somewhere in there these characters develop compelling personas, or the production values suddenly take a turn from the only-slightly-better-than-high-school-amateur feeling, or the random cuts between scenes make sense... but we decided not to wait around to find out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Hilarious Romantic Comedy July 28, 2010
I found Sparkle charming, funny and quite enjoyable. I watch a lot of romantic comedies, but this film really stood out for me! It's extremely well written and the actors really bring their characters to life- I love their accents and British sense of humor. This film is fantastic, definitely worth seeing!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Romantic Comedies ever! April 30, 2010
I watched this on iTunes with my girlfriend and it is such a touching film. Bob Hoskin's and Stockard Channing as usual are fantastic. Highly recommend this movie.
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By Kay
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Give this movie a try! I found it delightful, slightly quirky, and just plain enjoyable. As I become more "seasoned" in my movie-viewing, I pay attention to the more technical aspects, scenery, production, etc. but this is a movie that you just sit back and enjoy unencumbered. As other reviewers have said, Hoskins and Channing were great. I love Endeavor so i have been looking for other Shaun Evans work and he did not disappoint. I would definitely recommend.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad!
Not bad for a .99 cent rental! The relationship of the young man & his mom was painful & funny at the same time if that makes since. Read more
Published 17 days ago by bink
3.0 out of 5 stars Just okay. Probably due more to my taste in ...
Just okay. Probably due more to my taste in movies than the movie itself.
Published 23 days ago by AfternoonTea
4.0 out of 5 stars Sparkle
I knew nothing of this film. It's so quirky and it took me awhile to realize I was indeed watching Stockard Channing whim I adore ( she might have had her look cosmetically... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Elizabeth Ansley
5.0 out of 5 stars Most fun movie in ages
Happy ending with fun means a great viewing experience. Add Bob Hoskins, sprinkle with the adorable Amanda Ryan and Shaun Evans and stir in Belinda Montgomery and Stockard Channing... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Matt Bacon
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute and funny movie
I liked the son's Liverpool accent. Characters are related to one another. Sweet movie. The mother and son relocate from Liverpool, England to a friend's apartment in London. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jenny Wren
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny and Touching - glad I stumbled across the film
Happened upon the film watching Netflix and found it funny but also very touching. The actors do sparkle, take the time to check out the film.
Published 16 months ago by AnnaRo
4.0 out of 5 stars Sparkle DVD.
DVD was received right on time and in perfect order! Great movie no scratches at all, and played in the DVD player without any glitches. Love it!
Published on January 23, 2012 by Denise Johnson
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