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Sparkle

3.8 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

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Product Description

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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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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  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Revolver Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2010
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003B2UJVE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,473 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Sparkle" on IMDb

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By Emily Knecht on July 28, 2010
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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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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 altered?) but she was as great as ever and the crazy twists made this an amusing film.
I would recommend it for sure
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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. Wish there had been more Liverpool scenes.
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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 and it's the perfect recipe for a feel good movie.
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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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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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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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By bink on September 13, 2014
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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. If looking for something to pass the time during a airplane trip this should do it!
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