6.52 h 24 min2021X-RayUHDPG-13
Following the rise of Aretha Franklin's career from a young child singing in her father's church's choir to her international superstardom, "Respect" is the remarkable true story of the music icon's journey to find her voice and become the Queen of Soul.
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Jennifer HudsonForest WhitakerMarlon Wayans
DramaMusic Videos and Concerts
English [CC]
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Audra McDonaldMarc MaronTituss BurgessSaycon SengblohHailey KilgoreHeather HeadleySkye Dakota TurnerTate DonovanKimberly ScottMyk WatfordAlbert JonesLeroy McClainMary J. Blige
Jennifer HudsonLiesl TommySue Baden-PowellAaron GilbertJason ClothHarvey Mason Jr.Jonathan GlickmanStacey SherScott Bernstein,
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4.5 out of 5 stars

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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on August 28, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
It was not worth $19 bucks
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Great cast, Jennifer Hudson did an outstanding job singing. The story was all over the place, all of a sudden Aretha had two kids, the movie did not explain who their father was. There were a lot of questions that were unanswered.
64 people found this helpful
TMamazonReviewed in the United States on August 28, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Amazing!!!! Queen Aretha!!
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Wow just Wow!! I felt every emotion in this film, so it's no surprise to me that i'm in tears as the credit roles. I really hope Ms. Franklin knew how important she was and that her impact went further than just her voice, she changed the game. :)
42 people found this helpful
Tobach NighReviewed in the United States on September 2, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Very powerful movie!
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I read mixed reviews. But I saw the trailer and it gave me the chills...that rarely happens. I watched it and wow! I was so touched, moved, and inspired by the main actresses performance and the whole portrayal and how they went about it. I think she will be nominated for an academy award! IF you have experienced any of what Aretha had gone through in your life especially as a child, you will either be triggered by the movie and probably not like it or you will be moved, brought to tears, and inspired by the courage and faith that brought her to the woman she became, like me, even though I am a man. If you have some understanding of the dynamics of abuse and the healing it takes to recover this is a movie for you. There are so many wonderful scenes in this movie. Like in the beginning it shows the collaboration of the musicians with the main actress (Aretha) compiling a newly formed song. It was simply magical.
29 people found this helpful
Deborah KernesReviewed in the United States on August 28, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Want my $$$ back
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Can’t get the damn movie to play for more than a minute OR two before it keeps logging out,! Yes, I have looked online for ALL the fixes which pisses me off that I have to trouble shoot when I paid 20 for a movie rental. Still not working and I use prime all the time! Yes on this device. Amazon can’t just give u a link to email for help….it’s all hidden so we give up and never get the $ back…it’s exhausting
31 people found this helpful
Nola HeartReviewed in the United States on September 17, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Jennifer sings Aretha
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You have to understand that I love me some Jennifer Hudson and wanted very badly for this to be the definitive story of Ms. Aretha's life. But I left away feeling Jennifer played Aretha but only briefly bought us in to see life from Aretha's POV. To be fair, I belive that is only what.Ms. Franklin would allow.
Those limitations, along with the Hulu series Genius Aretha, stole some of her shine. The studio should have worked harder to keep that from coming out and on Hulu no less.
Also, the director, I feel, did not capture the emotion but more or less just copied and pasted events/performances in Ms. Aretha's career. They did not address how a woman who lost her mother at a young age, spent countless hours on the road alone with her infamous minister father (who got a 12 y/o member of his church pregnant). How that same man's daughter ended up having 2 babies by age 14 and she STILL become the undisputed Queen of soul. Now, I was not expecting the movie to say that her child/children were her fathers or even if she was molested by him but I did expect them to address the rumors and how they dealt with them. To omit how her playboy minister father with the "golden throat" was famous for preaching sermons and geniously pressing records to sell, who was close friends with MLK, and ended up spending the last years of his life as an invalint due to a botched robbery was not only a mistake but downright insulting. For this I blame the studio, the Franklin Estate and with all due respect Ms. Franklin herself. She lived her life in public but tried to rewrite it in real time. It's not believable.
Truth be told, Ms. Franklin owed us nothing. But for her story to feel less whitewashed
I needed to know how she coped and what made her keep going.
Ms. Aretha took her secrets with her and she was well entitled to them. Sadly tho, that reduces her story to just performance highlights and a few conflicts with Jery Wexler and the label that tried to create and control her.
The surprise performance in all this is Marlon Wayens who played Aretha's hisband/manager. Brilliantly done. You forget all about goofball Marlon and start seeing him in as a grown sexy man in a way we are simply not use to. Extreamly well done.
As for the singing tho, nobody does it better than JHud. Simply amazing. Would still watch again.
26 people found this helpful
VeeReviewed in the United States on September 4, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Good actors but storyline was disappointing
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This movie had wonderful actors. But the storyline did not include any good content about her first two children’s father, her second marriage or her life works passed the 70’s. It was very basic.I wish the movie had more substance. I know Aretha refused to talk about a lot of things in her life. If that was the case, this movie should have never been made. The movie glossed over so much. However, the acting was on point. So if you watch it, watch it for the talented actors, not because you are interested in Aretha’s life. The movie did not offer anything you don’t already know.
23 people found this helpful
BKJimmersonReviewed in the United States on August 29, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Don’t rent
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You can wait till it’s free the one on lifetime was better !!same movie different actors
27 people found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on August 28, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Well Done Tribute
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This film is beautiful. You get to see the story of Aretha finding her own voice. It shows the ups and downs throughout the prime years of her career. from the humble beginnings to the triumphant greatest selling gospel album of all time. The cast is amazing. Jennifer embodied not only the essence of Aretha but the heart an soul of Aretha. She got her down pat right to her speaking voice and walk. The music was everything. I loved how it told the stories behind each song. Oscar worthy film. Loved so much I had to watch it twice.
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