Friday, December 3, 2021

Here’s What Critics Are Saying About ‘The Bobby Brown Story’

Gabrielle Dennis as Whitney Houston and Woody McClain as Bobby Brown from BET’s “The Bobby Brown Story” (Photo: Annette Brown/BET) Placeholder image

*“The Bobby Brown Story,” BET’s biopic of the former New Edition member, premieres Tuesday and stars Gabrielle Dennis as Whitney Houston and Woody McClain reprising the role he played in the acclaimed “The New Edition Story” last year.

With Bobby serving as a co-executive producer of this story, the L.A. Times noted “this scripted version of Brown is no angel. He cheats on Houston, needs no help getting high on his own and has a pop star-sized ego.”

According to the publication’s review:

The chemistry between Brown and Houston is magnetic and dangerous throughout the first half of the miniseries. They’re in love — a deep and real love — but they’re also terrible for each other. They’re soul mates who understand what it means to come from nothing then have it all, but their combined baggage portends a catastrophic end we all know is coming: substance abuse, arrests, the train-wreck Bravo reality series “Being Bobby Brown,” their 2007 divorce, her 2012 death and their daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown’s death three years later.

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Woody McClain as Bobby Brown from BET’s “The Bobby Brown Story” (Photo: Annette Brown/BET) Placeholder image

Mark Perigard of the Boston Herald writes: The low point in their relationship might be when he suffers a stroke in their mansion and she takes her drugs, gives him a kick and leaves the help to deal with him.

Adding: On their wedding day, he discovers she uses cocaine, and the miniseries implies she led Brown right into hard drugs and years of partying. Brown’s cheating and his multiple children by multiple women are acknowledged here, and the miniseries alleges Whitney wasn’t faithful either and leaves no doubt as to Bobby’s opinion of her best galpal Robyn Crawford (Yvonne Senat Jones), whose glares probably could turn lesser men to salt.

The review also noted that the miniseries faithfully re-creates some scenes from Bobby’s 2005 reality series “Being Bobby Brown,” which turned out to be the last straw for Whitney.

The miniseries, directed by Kiel Adrian Scott, also stars Mekhi Phifer as Brown’s brother Tommy and T.K. Carter as their father, Herbert.

“The Bobby Brown Story” premieres tonight, Sept. 4 and tomorrow night, Sept. 5 at 9/8c on BET.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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