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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 Sparkes (Shaun Evans) is a 22 year old with ambitions: move to London and join the glamorous PR world. When Vince (Bob Hoskins) finds Sam a job as a waiter, he meets his soon-to-be PR boss, Sheila (Stockard Channing). Sensing opportunity, Sam charms himself a job as Sheila's PA... and her lover. But when Sam falls for Kate (Amanda Ryan), he instigates a series of family betrayals and romantic mishaps. As balancing his job and love life becomes overwhelming, unexpected twists and uncovered secrets force Sam to choose between his career and the woman of his dreams. -- (C) Official Site … More
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Critic Reviews for Sparkle
Though on paper the movie sounds like a slick relationship comedy, it plays much more realistically.
Strongly natural performances and a likeable cast, plus a subtle examination of more serious themes, make it well worth seeing.
A little more cinematic flair might have made Sparkle live up to its title better.
Inertly plotted, haltingly paced, further embarrassed by Bob Hoskins in shyly lovesick mode, this broken-backed mess is fitfully illuminated by Anthony Head in a camp turn and the American Stockard Channing, her style as immaculate as her English accent.
Funny, likable and watchable, with some nice performances, particularly from Bob Hoskins as a lovelorn older man.
Shades of The Graduate colour this small but charming Brit-flick with the Mrs Robinson role taken by Stockard Channing.
An appealing little British comedy with a fun concept, a witty script and an uplifting ending. Bob Hoskins is a real stand-out: if only the film's hero had his sparkle.
Thank heavens for Hoskins, Manville and Channing, whose weathered sparkle is enough to satisfy none-too-demanding rom-com requirements.
Most effective when the deceits perpetrated not just by Sam but by several others begin to take their wretched toll, and a real sense of pain intrudes.
Sparkle reveals both a clarity of vision and an undeniably infectious charm.
Sparkle may not be an obvious bobby dazzler but seek it out and you'll be rewarded with a real gem.
An enjoyable British romcom with likeable, well written characters and an engaging script.
The mix of comedy and drama doesn't feel so free and easy as Lawless Heart but it has a similarly quaint charm.
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