Silly, Sinful Melodrama
Release Date: September 21, 2001
Starring: Mariah Carey, Max Beesley, &
Audience: Teenagers to adults
Runtime: 104 minutes
Distributor: 20th Cent. Fox
Director: Vondie Curtis Hall
Producer: Laurence Mark
Writer: Kate Lanier
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Carey stars in GLITTER as Billie Frank, a young woman with a powerful singing voice. The movie opens with a scene showing her singing with her alcoholic black mother Lillian in a nightclub where her mother performs. Billie’s white father shows no interest in his daughter, so Lillian eventually has to give Billie to an orphanage. Years later, charismatic New York deejay and producer Julian Dice discovers Billie. He gets her a recording contract while they fall in love and lust, but the road to superstardom is a rocky one. It causes divisions between Billie and Julian while Billie tries to find her long-lost mother.
Much of GLITTER is silly, pretentious and corny, which had some people in the audience laughing. This is probably because Carey and the filmmakers have decided to use the melodramatic sensibilities in many of her ballads to shape the situations on the screen. This would be fine were it not for the obvious incompetence of the director and the screenwriter, who don’t seem to have given much thought to what they were doing. Also, although some of the music is catchy and sounds pretty, it really isn’t that beautiful or profound. Carey has a great voice and not every song can be a masterpiece, but she should be singing much better songs.
Making matters worse is that Billie and Julian fornicate and cohabit with one another. Although the fornication is implied, the cohabitation is a major part of the story between Billie and Julian. In fact, marriage is never even mentioned. Thus, GLITTER suffers from a non-biblical worldview regarding romance and male/female relationships. Music and romantic love are the motivating factors for these people. Apparently, Carey and the filmmakers supporting her have a basically pagan worldview with Romantic notions about human emotions. They would do better if they focused on God and Jesus Christ instead.
On the positive side, Billie’s concern and search for her mother is morally admirable. She also tells an audience at one point that we should appreciate the people around us because circumstances might separate them from us for long periods of time, or even permanently. These good sentiments, however, cannot save GLITTER from the trashbin of cinematic history.
Much of GLITTER is silly, pretentious and corny, which had some people in the audience laughing. Carey is not well served by the obvious incompetence of the director and the screenwriter. Also, although some of the music is catchy and sounds pretty, it isn’t beautiful or profound. Carey clearly has a great voice, however. Finally, despite a couple moral sentiments, GLITTER has an immoral pagan worldview that overtly supports fornication and cohabitation. Music and romantic love should not be the motivating factors in your life. God and Jesus Christ should.