Jim Farber
June 09, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Can't Take That Away (Mariah's Theme)

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Mariah Carey

We gave it a C

Mariah Carey doesn’t miss one triumph-over-adversity cliche in the wannabe inspirational clip for ”Can’t Take That Away (Mariah’s Theme)”. She gooses the music with sound bites from real kids who’ve overcome everything — disease, poverty, teasing. The disingenuousness comes early, as the kids talk less about their problems than about how Mariah’s song got them through it all. The singer caps the self-involvement by shedding a tear as studied and cold as the crystalized crying in a Man Ray photograph. C

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