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This Day in Film: "Glitter"

This Day in Film: "Glitter"

Can you believe it's been 10 years since Mariah Carey's debut film?

Published September 21, 2011



Can you believe it's been 10 years since Mariah Carey 's debut film? Yep, a decade ago today Glitter was released.  The glam!  The drama!  The cleavage!  Yet Glitter did not sparkle, the film garnered Mimi the worst reviews of her career. Some declared the Columbia Pictures film one of the worst movies of all time.  Glitter received six nominations from the Golden Raspberry Awards — one that included a nod to Mariah's cleavage for worst couple.

To be fair, the film was doomed from the start. Weeks before its release, Mariah suffered a public breakdown, which caused the film to be pushed back — the release date was 10 days after the September 11 terrorist attack. Back in 2009, Mariah famously said: “That movie was released on September 11, 2001 — could there be a worse day for that movie to come out? I don’t think so. I don’t even know that many people even saw the movie so I don’t think it’s the worst thing ever done.”

Then, she took a jab at Vondie Curtis-Hall , who directed Glitter , “Glitter was a learning experience and I wouldn’t do it again if you paid me. But I didn’t have representation or anyone to tell me: ‘What you need is a great director.'"

Mariah's performance was panned.  The Village Voice critiqued, "Carey seems most concerned about keeping her lips tightly sealed like a kid with braces, and when she tries for an emotion — any emotion — she looks as if she's lost her car keys."  The cast also included Da Brat , Terrence Howard and Eric Benet .

The soundtrack was also a bust.  However, I stand by the music from Glitter is underrated.  With several tracks produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis , the album was a return to the '80s before it was popular.  Even though Glitter is considered a "flop," it still sold three million worldwide, according to Live Nation.

That said, Mariah redeemed herself with a strong performance in the indie flick Tennessee and of course her role as Ms. Weiss in the Oscar-winning Precious. Nonetheless, this is the day we remember Glitter !  Check out the vintage trailer below:

Glitter (2001) Trailer by Afro-Style-Communication

Written by Clay Cane

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