I confess I only came across this film because I saw Shaun Evans in Ashes to Ashes, thought he was a bit of alright and checked his filmography on imdb. I then decided to check this out and didn't have any expectations but I loved it. It's a soapy sub-Graduate melodrama that is never going to claim to be exciting or re-write what films are all about. But it is a heart-warming, sweet film with engaging characters and a nice story. In a nutshell, Sam is a young Scouse chancer who comes to London looking to make his way in the world, bringing his free-spirited mum with him. Their lives and loves become entwined with a set of characters who are all loosely connected to each other.
This film was made in conjunction with the UK Film Council which is facing the axe from the Government's cuts, and it is a prime example of why it shouldn't be cut. Films like this rely on funding form the UKFC and young, unknown writers and actors will be denied the chance to make films without it. We don't all want to watch Hollywood blockbusters that have cost £100,000,000 to make. Some of us want to watch something normal that we can relate to that has cost a couple of million.
Off my soapbox. Sparkle is a great Sunday afternoon movie that could be watched by all the family (providing the kids are older teens as there's some swearing and mild sex scenes) and I'd be happy to watch it again.