Review: 15 Thoughts (And Even More Deep Sighs) On Lifetime's 'Aaliyah: The Princess Of R&B'
Not to outshine Kim Kardashian's front-page nudes, but Lifetime's Aaliyah biopic is about to break the Internet (FYI, the hashtag is #AaliyahMovie). Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B, the small-screen scandal that had late singer Aaliyah Dana Haughton's family and fans spazzing, is finally here and this writer has yet to find someone excited about it.
With actress Alexandra Shipp as leading lady, the film takes Christopher John Farley's bestseller Aaliyah: More Than a Woman from pages to primetime TV, tying her 22-year-young life into a "street but sweet" version fit for Love & Hip Hop viewers. Executive produced by gab queen Wendy Williams, the biopic documents everything we already knew about Baby Girl but here are 15 more thoughts after two painful rounds of Lifetime's Aaliyah biopic.
1. Like every E! True Hollywood Story, success begins on Star Search. The film opens with little Aaliyah belting out "My Funny Valentine" on the competition show that produced Beyoncé, Destiny's Child, Britney Spears and more. Though Lil' Baby Girl takes the L, she stays focused on winning.
2. Uncle Barry Hankerson (Lyriq Bent) is the plug. After landing Aaliyah a spot on ex-wife, singer Gladys Knight's residency in Las Vegas, he introduces her to Robert Kelly, or the 106 & Park version played by Clé Bennett.
3. Auntie Gladys' advice to Lil' A comes out of Bey's playbook: "Pressure makes diamonds and we are perfect diamonds, the flawless cut and the perfect color."
4. Age Ain't Nothing But A Number would have been the more appropriate title for this biopic. After Barry ropes in 12 Play savant to work with his niece, Kellz' attitude screams GTFOH but he succumbs when he sees (or hears) her. #creeplife
4. After a heart-to-heart at a pizza spot (without a pie on the table), R. Kelly, 27 at the time, pours out his entire life story to a 15-year-old Aaliyah. Not awkward at all.
5. Our reaction to Aaliyah and Kellz' blossoming relationship:
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