See Just How Eerily Accurate the TLC Biopic Was

Slate's Culture Blog
Oct. 23 2013 5:09 PM

See Just How Eerily Accurate the TLC Biopic Was

TLC Crazy Sexy Cool
Drew Sidora as T-Boz, Lil Mama as Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, and Keke Palmer as Chilli.

Blake Tyers/VH1

If you watched the highly-rated VH1 biopic about ’90s R&B super-trio TLC on Monday night, there’s a good chance you were overcome with bouts of giddy nostalgia (and déjà vu) any time one of the group’s instantly recognizable media moments popped up in the narrative. The endlessly quotable Behind the Music clips, the awards show acceptance speeches, the iconic music videos—they were all painstakingly recreated for CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, right down to the uncanny casting of T-Boz (Drew Sidora), Left Eye (rapper Lil’ Mama), and Chili (Keke Palmer).

Which may explain why there apparently wasn’t enough time to pump out a better, more complex script. But that’s OK: The best parts of the film are those recreations, and Vulture has put together a nicely edited video juxtaposing them with the real-life inspirations. The precision is impressive.

Aisha Harris is a Slate staff writer.



Talking White

Black people’s disdain for “proper English” and academic achievement is a myth.

Alabama’s Insane New Abortion Law Gives Fetuses Lawyers and Puts Teenage Girls on Trial

Tattoo Parlors Have Become a Great Investment

A Jaw-Dropping Political Ad Aimed at Young Women, Apparently

The XX Factor
Oct. 1 2014 4:05 PM Today in GOP Outreach to Women: You Broads Like Wedding Dresses, Right?

Big Problems With the Secret Service Were Reported Last Year. Nobody Cared.


Operation Backbone

How White Boy Rick, a legendary Detroit cocaine dealer, helped the FBI uncover brazen police corruption.

Hong Kong’s Protesters Are Ridiculously Polite. That’s What Scares Beijing So Much.

This Gargantuan Wind Farm in Wyoming Would Be the Hoover Dam of the 21st Century

Oct. 1 2014 8:34 AM This Gargantuan Wind Farm in Wyoming Would Be the Hoover Dam of the 21st Century To undertake a massively ambitious energy project, you don’t need the government anymore.
  News & Politics
Oct. 2 2014 11:01 AM It Wasn’t a Secret A 2013 inspector general report detailed all of the Secret Service’s problems. Nobody cared.
Oct. 2 2014 12:10 PM Women of America, Here Are the Cities Where You Can Find Marriageable Men
The Vault
Oct. 2 2014 11:07 AM Mapping 1890 Manhattan's Crazy-Quilt of Immigrant Neighborhoods
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 2 2014 12:37 PM St. Louis Study Confirms That IUDs Are the Key to Lowering Teen Pregnancy Rates
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Oct. 1 2014 3:24 PM Revelry (and Business) at Mohonk Photos and highlights from Slate’s annual retreat.
Brow Beat
Oct. 2 2014 12:04 PM The Audio Book Club Debates Gone Girl, the Novel
Future Tense
Oct. 2 2014 11:41 AM Dropbox Recruiting Video Features Puppets and Data Privacy
  Health & Science
Medical Examiner
Oct. 2 2014 9:49 AM In Medicine We Trust Should we worry that so many of the doctors treating Ebola in Africa are missionaries?
Sports Nut
Oct. 1 2014 5:19 PM Bunt-a-Palooza! How bad was the Kansas City Royals’ bunt-all-the-time strategy in the American League wild-card game?