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Sparkle Movie Quotes

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"Sparkle" movie quotes touch on the good and bad sides of the music business in this remake of the 1976 film about a girl group looking for their shot at the big time. The period piece features the acting debut for "American Idol" star Jordin Sparks, who plays the title character of Sparkle Williams, but also sadly includes the final movie role for the late Whitney Houston, who portrays mother Emma. The film has been dedicated to Houston's memory.

The musical drama, directed by Salim Akil, follows a trio of sisters, Sparkle, Delores (Tika Sumpter) and Sister (Carmen Ejogo), who are looking for their big break into the Motown music scene in the 1960s. The girls have backing from their mother Emma, a former professional singer herself, as well as others, such as Sparkle's friend Stix (Derek Luke) but face a variety of pressures from the industry.

Instead of sticking together for the benefit of all, the sisters find themselves being torn apart by the hope of fame and fortune. Sister faces the brunt of the ugly side of the business when she gets involved with the abusive drug lord Satin (Mike Epps) but in the end, family has to prevail over everything else.

Just as the girls of "Sparkle" take the Motown world by storm, there were several other films that turned heads during the summer 2012 movie season. "The Campaign," "The Babymakers," "Ted," "Celeste and Jesse Forever," "Madea's Witness Protection," "Magic Mike," "The Amazing Spider-Man" and "The Dark Knight Rises" are just a handful of the best of 2012 in film.
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    A Cautionary Tale

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    Emma: "Was my life not enough of a cautionary tale for you?"

    As the daughters of a former professional singer, the girls know a little bit about how absolutely brutal the music business can be. That cautionary tale wasn't enough to keep them away from that ugly side of the business.
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    You Have a Gift

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    Sparkle: "Why would the lord give me this gift if I wasn't supposed to use it."
    Emma: "It takes a lot of faith to do this, Sparkle. You have a gift, it's just how you use it. Believe in yourself, Sparkle. I'm so proud of you."

    Stuck at a crossroads of what to do with her musical career, Sparkle consults her mother, Emma, for some advice. As a former singer herself, Emma encourages Sparkle to use her gift of song despite the negative pressures.
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    Don't Lose It

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    Emma: "I always knew you had the gift. It makes me feel I done something right. Don't lose it."

    Getting a pep talk from your mom is always comforting but it means so much more coming from someone who has been in your shoes as a former member of the same profession. That's exactly what the sisters get here when mother Emma, a former professional singer, reassures them.
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    Y'all Are Late

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    Emma: "Y'all are late... I know y'all don't love each other that much."

    Like most kids, when there's something lucrative going on, sneaking out of the house isn't anything out of the question. It however gets tricky when Sparkle, Delores and Sister get caught sneaking back in the house, especially when mother Emma finds them snuggled up in a tiny bed.
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