The story of a gifted young singer, Billie Frank, who overcomes a turbulent childhood and struggles to find her true identity and voice. During her childhood, Billie is abandoned by her drug-addicted mother and is remanded to an orphanage. Years later, Billie is discovered by charismatic, irresistible "bad boy" DJ Julian Dice who hears her demo and, floored by her talent, gets her a record deal. She soon falls for him and he becomes her partner, producer and lover. With Dice, she begins an exciting but often volatile and precarious journey as she struggles through her personal and professional life, riding the roller coaster to superstardom. However, conflicts with Dice hold her back and she ultimately must begin to escape his influence and find her own style.
This film wants to be a heart-tugging tale of a rags-to-pop-royalty climb made poignant by love and loss. But "Glitter," with
Mariah Carey as a talented performer who goes
from backup singer to troubled star, is mostly
dross, an unintentionally hilarious compendium of time-tested cinematic clichés that illustrate the chasm between hopeful imitation
and successful duplication. — Lawrence Van Van Gelder
2001-09-21 | Lawrence Van Gelder | Read the New York Times Review of Glitter