On VH1’s ‘CrazySexyCool,’ TLC Vs. Destiny’s Child and The Ongoing Girl Group Dilemma
VH1’s CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story couldn’t have been anything but made for TV. The laughable melodrama, the deliberate caricature of group manager Perri “Pebbles” Reid as a conniving music industry Mrs. Geppetto—the sadness that those events were anchored in reality—and Lil Mama’s uncanny “becoming” of the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes amounted to what we all agree was an amateur yet entertaining biopic.
Almost everyone (on Twitter, at least) watching this tale about an Atlanta trio’s ascension from obscurity had a collective re-revelation: TLC was something special. It’s evident as soon as the movie opens, with Drew Sidora as Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, all baggy clothes and cartoonish competitive flailing that recalls moments like TLC’s“Hat 2 Da Back” music video, where the real T-Boz postures in front of a brick wall (the customary ’90s R&B video backdrop), full of tomboy swagger.