Retro Rewind: Mariah Carey’s ‘Glitter’

Published: Saturday 13th Jan 2018 by David

Welcome to Retro Rewind, the TGJ original feature designed to celebrate TV and Film’s glorious past.

Today, we celebrate Mariah Carey’s ‘Glitter‘, the polarising picture that serves as one of the most important moments in the unstoppable icon’s filmography.

Revisit the movie below…

Built on a budget of $22 million, the movie tells the tale of a young lady named Billie Frank who seeks to rise above adversity by pursuing a career in the music industry.

We start the movie and we see little Billie and her mom singing, and we realize there’s a disfunction going on and her mom’s unstable. She gets taken away from her mother and ends up in a foster home. Then, we meet her two friends, Louise and Roxanne, who are played by Da Brat and Tia Texada. They’re her extended family. It’s Billie’s journey to understand why she feels abandoned by her mother. … That’s what drives her to want to sing. She connects with this [DJ] character. His name is Dice. He’s sort of like what the mother is in terms of semi-disfunctional

She soon finds all that glistens isn’t gold.

Critically panned, the movie sped into theatres on September 21st 2001 but saw its box office numbers hurt by the events of September 11th 2001 but went on to pull in $5 million worldwide in its opening week.

The movie magazine ‘Fade In’ had this to say about it…

Intended as a vehicle to break Mariah Carey as a movie star, it instead became a year-long punch line. Carey might have a five-octave voice, but her performance as a burgeoning singer was strictly one-note and garnered her a Razzie for worst actress. Trotting out every hoary cliché about the music business imaginable, Glitter isn’t just one of the worst music-themed films ever made — it’s one of the worst films ever made, period.

Fortunately, reviews like this one did little to harm Carey’s discography and a legacy strengthened by better-received releases.

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  1. eric January 13, 2018

    First time I saw it I didn’t think it was perfect, but I also didn’t feel like it was hardly as bad as the critics wanted everyone to believe. People don’t want to think for themselves and enjoy something for what it is. Glitter is not all bad, and neither is the soundtrack.

  2. EGibs January 13, 2018

    Say what u want but you know everyone check it out eventually lol

  3. JohnnyBlaze82 January 13, 2018

    The soundtrack is 1 of her best albums in my opinion…I luv the whole 80s throwback vibe since the movie did take place in the 80s. Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis did great on most of the production. The song she co-wrote with Rick James “All My Life” is a bop! I can go on & on about how great the soundtrack is. “Lead The Way’ was the last time she worked with Walter. She had a 3rd Lung the way she held the last note….lol

  4. Julian January 14, 2018

    One of the worst films ever made? Hell no! Sure, the acting is a bit stilted here and there and the story is full of clichés, but overall it’s a solidly made and enjoyable movie, if only for its guilty pleasure qualities.
    Same for the music, the album isn’t half bad either. “Loverboy” is still one of my favorite Mariah bops with its over-the-top sugary pop extravaganza!
    Movie and soundtrack never deserved all the hate and ridicule and I still believe there was a lot of sabotage going on from Tommy Mottola.

  5. Keira January 14, 2018

    I’m so thankful for this Terrible era (2001-2004) I mean because of this she birthed The Emancipation Of Mimi… And my god… Did she snatch us and mothers bald.

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