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Starring: Naomi Ackie, Stanley Tucci, Ashton Sanders, Tamara Tunie, Nafessa Williams, Clarke Peters
Bio-musical drama directed by Kasi Lemmons. Based on the life and music of pop icon Whitney Houston (Naomi Ackie), I Wanna Dance with Somebody (2022) tracks her life in New Jersey as choir girl to one of the best-selling and most awarded recording artists of all time.
We’ll add the best quotes once the movie is released and we’ve had a chance to watch it, but for now, here’s a small selection.
Cissy Houston: My voice is gone.
Whitney Houston: What?
Cissy Houston: You start the show tonight. No talking back. I’m your mother.
Clive Davis: I might have just heard the greatest voice of her generation.
Clive Davis: What’s your name again?
Whitney Houston: Whitney Elizabeth Houston.
Whitney Houston: Maybe.
Clive Davis: Maybe? It’s got to have a hook.
Whitney Houston: A hook?
Clive Davis: Yeah.
Whitney Houston: I’ll give it a hook.
Interviewer: A common criticism of you, your music isn’t black enough.
Whitney Houston: Well, who said that? That’s just bull. And it makes me angry actually. It’s hateful and uninformed. My whole life, “She ain’t black, or she ain’t white enough.” Well, how about she’s not obedient enough? How about she ain’t fearful enough? Look, I don’t know how to sing black, and I don’t know how to sing white either. I know how to sing.
Whitney Houston: Music is not a color to me. It has no boundaries.
Whitney Houston: My dream, sing what I want to sing. Be how I want to be. And reach as big an audience as I can.
Cissy Houston: [to Whitney] No one is like you. You can sing.
John Houston: Whitney, you’re daddy’s princess. We’re building something here, so you just keep singing.
Whitney Houston: Daddy. My money. I trusted you. You were meant to look out for me.
John Houston: You two been spending a lot of time together. It’s damaging the brand.
Whitney Houston: Since when do little girl become the brand? I missed that.
Bobby Brown: Don’t even worry about it. You’re Whitney Houston.
Cissy Houston: What was it like? That love? Millions of people.
Whitney Houston: The best thing I ever knew.