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Synopsis

Set in the turbulent early 1960s to mid-70s, "Dreamgirls" follows the rise of a trio of women--Effie, Deena and Lorrell--who have formed a promising girl group called The Dreamettes. At a talent competition, they are discovered by an ambitious manager named Curtis Taylor Jr., who offers them the opportunity of a lifetime: to become the back-up singers for headliner James "Thunder" Early. Curtis gradually takes control of the girls' look and sound, eventually giving them their own shot in the spotlight as The Dreams. That spotlight, however, begins to narrow in on Deena, finally pushing the less attractive Effie out altogether. Although the Dreams become a crossover phenomenon, they soon realize that the cost of fame and fortune may be higher than they ever imagined.

Cast

  • Jamie Foxx
  • Beyoncé
  • Eddie Murphy
  • Danny Glover
  • Jennifer Hudson
  • Anika Noni Rose
  • Keith Robinson
  • Sharon Leal
  • Hinton Battle
  • Mariah Iman Wilson

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • Shipped to theaters under the code name "Drama".
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Goofs

  • Just before the gospel break of the "Steppin' to the Bad Side" number, a medium shot of the Dreamettes features Deena on the left, Lorrell in the middle, and Effie on the right. The shot immediately following is a long shot showing the full stage, with Effie now on the left, Deena in the middle, and Lorrell on the right.
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Quotes

    • [as Early is kissing her]
    • Lorrell Robinson: That feels nice... I mean it feels funny! You're married, aren't you?
    • James 'Thunder' Early: Everybody knows Jimmy's married, baby.
    • Lorrell Robinson: Well, then, you get your married hands off!
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Metacritic

80

If there is a disappointment, it is this: The anticipation may have exceeded the realization. It's a damn good commercial movie, but it is not the film that will revive the musical or win over the world.

Metacritic review by Kirk Honeycutt
Kirk Honeycutt
The Hollywood Reporter
100

Dreamgirls is one of the best movie musicals in memory.

Metacritic review by Liam Lacey
Liam Lacey
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
100

Hudson, taking over the role of Effie played on stage by Jennifer Holliday, is in charge of Dreamgirls from her opening scene, blowing away Grammy-winner Beyoncé Knowles, Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx and anyone else who gets in her way.

Metacritic review by Jack Mathews
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News