• 12
  • Bill Condon (2006)
  • US
  • 124 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

Showered with Oscar nominations and winner of the best musical Golden Globe, this backstage drama from Chicago screenwriter Bill Condon fulfils glamour and glitz expectations in spades. Jennifer Hudson excels as the lead singer of 1960s backing group the Dreamettes, who is sidelined by their new manager, Jamie Foxx, when he decides to promote Beyoncé Knowles to head up the trio. Plot sound familiar? It is, of course, the thinly disguised story of the rise to fame and fortune of Motown supergroup Diana Ross and the Supremes, with Beyoncé as "Deena Jones", the statuesquely striking backing singer who catches Foxx's eye, and American Idol contestant Hudson, a deserved winner of both the Oscar and Golden Globe for best supporting actress, as the rejected and dejected Effie White (think Florence Ballard). Although uplifting and moving by turns, the tale - based on the hit Broadway musical - too closely follows its real-life equivalent to make any sense as fiction. And, for fans of the Supremes, the admittedly rousing score is simply a frustration and even slows the action in places. However, keeping pace with Hudson, Eddie Murphy (another Golden Globe winner) is a revelation as a James Brown-style showman, revealing a dramatic depth and maturity previously only hinted at.

Plot Summary

Musical drama based on the Broadway show, starring Jamie Foxx, Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson. Three singers from Detroit known as the Dreamettes are put on the road to success by ruthless manager Curtis Taylor Jr. But his ambition to make the Dreamettes global stars soon takes its toll on the girls.

Cast and crew


Curtis Taylor Jr
Jamie Foxx
Deena Jones
Beyoncé Knowles
James "Thunder" Early
Eddie Murphy
Effie White
Jennifer Hudson
CC White
Keith Robinson
Hinton Battle
Michelle Morris
Sharon Leal
Lorrell Robinson
Anika Noni Rose
Marty Madison
Danny Glover
Jerry Harris
John Lithgow


Bill Condon

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 2 Feb 2007
Certificate 12
Paramount Home Entertainment (UK)