'TLC' comes to VH1: What's the verdict?
October 22nd, 2013
03:49 PM ET

'TLC' comes to VH1: What's the verdict?

TLC is so beloved and so legendary, any attempt to condense the hip-hop/R&B group's story into a TV movie would be immediately met with skepticism.

But on Monday, VH1 pulled off what many imagined the network couldn't: a watchable biopic of the all-female trio called "CrazySexyCool."

Under the close watch of TLC's two surviving members, Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas, "CrazySexyCool" paints their rise to pop royalty in spite of several hurdles, both personal and professional, before culminating with the devastating death of late TLC star Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes. The casting of Drew Sidora as T-Boz, Keke Palmer as Chilli and Lil Mama as Left Eye initially raised some grumbles, but the three ended up being a bright spot for the project.

The New York Times found that the telepic "pinballs from one eruption to the next, giving over disproportionate time to the group’s myriad financial squabbles with its label and management" and leaving "barely any time for accolades, a shame for a group that received and deserved many. At minimum, the film has verisimilitude. The resemblances between the actresses and their subjects can be disorienting."

Slate's Willa Paskin argues that while "CrazySexyCool" may not be "a particularly well-constructed biopic, hopping from moment to moment like moviemaking was just a matter of checking scenes off a list," it does convey "TLC’s particular infectious, rambunctious spirit" and "will absolutely convince you that TLC was amazing. As art, 'CrazySexyCool' is middling; as propaganda it is very effective."

The A.V. Club was less forgiving of the biopic's perspective, critiquing that while "Behind the Music" could examine TLC's highs and lows with objectivity, "CrazySexyCool" didn't - and that was its biggest failing, rendering the movie "hokey."

"While it’s possible to make a good movie about a living person, or to capture the legacy of a band or an actor while still remaining mostly honest, 'CrazySexyCool' doesn’t do that," the A.V. Club's Marah Eakin reviews. "One positive for the movie: The actors cast to play the girls are great, and the reenactments of the band’s signature music videos ('Waterfalls,' 'Creep,' 'No Scrubs') are really spot on. ... (But) anyone other than fawning superfans should just watch those 'Behind The Musics' instead."

If you caught "CrazySexyCool," what'd you think?

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  1. d stackz

    what a beautiful trio

    October 29, 2013 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Steve Urkel

    I would love to sniff their panties, while they pant over my stiffy.

    October 25, 2013 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. oldest sister

    The take away from the movie showed everyone how the entertainment industry is a business. If you are young, naive and trusting in the entertainment business you can be taken advantage of. You can receive accolades in the industry, but can be ripped off financially if you don't have the proper representation. The movie was excellent. Lill Momma did an awsome job portraying Lisa "left Eye". It was at times a little creepy watching her.

    October 23, 2013 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ralph

    "TLC is so beloved and so legendary"

    The Beatles are legendary. Led Zeppelin is legendary. U@, legendary. TLC....NO.

    October 23, 2013 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  5. Savannah

    I have to say that the actresses who portrayed them were great. Lil Mama was hauntingly good as left eye.

    October 22, 2013 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Charli

    I agree with the reviews, it was a very one-sided tale.

    October 22, 2013 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Anita

    I thought the cast did a great job as well as the producers who brought it to light. They depicted TLC in great view.

    October 22, 2013 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jazzy

    I watched the movie and thought it was great. I enjoyed every bit of it. Lil Momma did an excellent job as Left Eye.

    October 22, 2013 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Snorlax

    Never heard of them...

    October 22, 2013 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • InReplyToSnorlax

      Shame on your ignorance. I guess because they don't have blonde hair and blue eyes you easily dismiss their accomplishments.

      October 23, 2013 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |

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