Video Review: Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam “Little Jackie Wants To Be A Star”

Jackie sits in her bedroom and shakes her snowglobe. In black-and-white, she boards a bus and stares at the barns of the rural town. She pulls out her snowglobe from her bag and stares at it during the ride.

Back in color, she cries in her bedroom. On a darkened stage, Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam perform.

In black-and-white, she holds a microphone and turns around on a platform placed on the stage. She sings with a microphone in her bedroom. She sits in a phone booth and cries.

Back in color, she sits at a desk inside an office.

In black-and-white, a twentysomething man warms up his hands and stands in the doorway of her home. He kisses her neck and she pulls away. He rips up a pillow and throws it at her.

Back in color, she packs up her things. She turns to look at the bus as she gets off.

Rating: 2.5/5

Jackie feeds the mail through the machine and lugs the plastic bin to her car. She pulls out of the parking lot and sits at the traffic light. At the post office, she chats with the clerk and buys some stamps for herself. She walks in the parking lot and puts some bandages on her dry hands.

She turns the key in her lock and calls out for her boyfriend. There was no answer. She sighs with relief. In her bedroom, she practices singing. It’s the only time she can. Her boyfriend thinks she’s wasting her time and should stick with her office job. She touches her stomach and runs to the bathroom. It’s the third time this week she’s vomited. She sits in the bathroom and cries. He would never let her leave now.

Singing has been her passion and since she was a child, she dreamed of moving to New York. Everyone told her she had raw talent and should pursue it. Once she graduated high school, she left home. She auditioned for local clubs and plays. However, she was rejected each time. They suggested professional vocal coaches and advised her to study drama for a few years or so.

But she had blown through her tuition money and had to rely on her boyfriend to help her pay bills. She went to one dance class and he found her. He threw a fit with the receptionist and she was told not to come back. She only wants to sing and perform. However, it’s becoming less possible with each day.

Director: N/A Year: 1989

Pam Avoledo Administrator
Pam Avoledo spends her time binge-watching classic teen dramas and stands firm in her pro-Leyton stance. She also received her journalism degree in 2006 from Oakland University. Her poetry has been published in the White Wall Review and 45 Magazine.

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