Video Review

The Jacksons: An American Dream (1993)

MPAA Rating: Unrated

Details Movie Rated: Unrated; Genres: Biopic, Drama, Music, TV Movie; With: Angela Bassett and Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs

All about the singing Jacksons — and the prices they paid for fame — this show-biz saga serves up its share of genre clichés. What gives The Jacksons: An American Dream an edge is its balanced depiction of the bad times at home. A sugarcoated happy ending only slightly fudges this dysfunctional-family portrait. B-

Originally posted Feb 26, 1993 Published in issue #159 Feb 26, 1993 Order article reprints