When VH1 announced the casting for their TLC biopic, “Crazy Sexy Cool: The TLC Movie,” we were skeptical. Could Lil Mama, Drew Sidora and Keke Palmer carry the strength, vulnerability, edge and charisma of one of the most successful girl groups of all time?

The film, which premiered on VH1 last night, exceeded our expectations but it was Lil Mama’s breakout performance as Left Eye that blew us away. We got chills watching her nail Left Eye’s explosive attitude, sing-songy voice and animated mannerisms.

The movie reminded us why we became fans of the fun-loving yet courageously feminist trio of women. The plot told a story of a friendship that endured in the face of heartbreak, financial exploitation and illness. Even death couldn’t sever their bond as Chilli and T-Boz’s love for Left Eye is evident in the way they still acknowledge her after her tragic passing.

It’s true that several performances weren’t up-to-par (Drew Sidora and Evan Ross, for example). A few key players in the TLC story were noticeably absent like Usher and Jermaine Dupri. And some viewers though the sequence around Left Eye’s death was rushed and the plot was choppy. Still, it was a worthy tribute to TLC, it boasted an incredible career-changing performance from Lil Mama and at the very least, it was impressive for a TV movie. What did you think of the film, Clutchettes?

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