Behind the Music and The Last Days of Left Eye did well, so a biopic was the next move. CrazySexyCool chronicles TLC's rise to fame, love lives, spats among members, and financial struggles. View photos [here].
For true 90s and TLC fans, the movie did not present (much) new information. Media clips, music snippets, and true-to-life fashion flashbacks had fans retelling stories, singing along, and amazed it's been over 20 years. There were a few discoveries and disappointments in the two-hour biopic:
Lil Mama as Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes. She brought the “crazy”, collected persona that fans love about Left Eye. She also brought warmth to Lisa's life events, and a renewed presence in entertainment for herself. Contacts changed her whole look, and the way she danced around made you feel like you were watching TLC on MTV. View photos [here].
Music Industry & “Slave Contracts”. L.A. Reid and Pebbles should watch out. At a time when three young women just wanted to dance, rap and sing -- corporate heads were set to exploit their talents. The girls were paid a $25 “weekly” stipend! But this is not an unfamiliar case: Temptations, Muddy Waters and Little Walter (Cadillac Records), Chuck Berry, Frankie Lymon, Toni Braxton, and Drake's team dealt with this problem last year.
'No Scrubs' nor 'Silly Ho'. Not a discovery, but a standard. You think of T-Boz and Mack 10, Left Eye and Andre Rison, Chilli and Dallas Austin (… and Usher) when it comes to TLC and men. Fans were surprised that T-Boz kicked it with Jodeci’s Mr. Dalvin, Left Eye met a Larry, and Chilli spent most of her TLC-time going back-and-forth with Dallas Austin. There were mentions of Chilli being “thirsty” -- but hey, their issues were with one man at a time. We didn't see or hear about TLC with different men on every other magazine cover, photo-op, and/or interview.
Friends. A key element of the movie was the friendship between the women. Through abortions, arson, and award show drama, the group never disbanded for reasons we hear about other girl groups (Supremes, Destiny's Child, Dreamgirls). To this day, T-Boz and Chilli have not failed at keeping Left Eye alive. Now that's ride-or-die loyalty.... what about YOUR friends?
Disappointments. The choices for male characters were random. Evan Ross, although he’s done well in other roles, was an awkward choice for Dallas Austin. Then there’s “Mr. Dalvin”... no. Without the quick “Puff” reference, you wouldn’t have thought Diddy was in the room. But you recognized Mack 10, so not bad. Not a disappointment, but a miscalculation. In a club/bar scene, there was Ciroc on the shelves. Surely “Puff” was not handling things back then. Lastly, and again, Pebbles. It was mentioned on Twitter that she’s been reciting scriptures....
CrazySexyCool gave fans the opportunity to relive the 90s and remember the three fun-loving young women who wore boyish clothes but didn't hold with girl talk: safe sex and AIDS (Waterfalls); women dealing with less-than-worthy men (No Scrubs); or dealing with "unrealistic beauty expectations" (Unpretty). And you can't forget their holiday cheer (Sleigh Ride). Their playfulness, strong bond and messages made them one of the best-selling girl groups of all time!