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Carmen: A Hip Hopera (2001)
The Role: Carmen Brown, a wannabe actress who seduces men to get her way.
The Love Interest: Mekhi Phifer as Sgt. Derek Hill.
Best Line: "I want to move to L.A. I want to be an actress, a star. I want my own movies, my own TV show, my own sitcom."
Does She Sing?: It's a hip hopera. What do you think?
The Takeway: Translating Bizet — who composed the Carmen opera which inspired this modern remake — for the MTV audience isn't easy, which is a nice way of saying that this TV movie is cheesy as hell.
Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)
The Role: FBI agent Foxxy Cleopatra, who moonlights as a disco singer.
The Love Interest: Austin Powers (Mike Myers), baby.
Best Line: "You're under arrest, sugar!"
Does She Sing?: Yes, with "Work It Out" and the less memorable "Hey Goldmember" (featuring Solange!) on the soundtrack.
Takeaway: The wig, the bell bottoms, the attitude... not bad for Bey's theatrical film debut.
The Fighting Temptations (2003)
The Role: Lilly, a single mom who trades performing in the local nightclub for singing in the gospel choir even though she's been branded a "sinner."
The Love Interest: Cuba Gooding, Jr. as fib-telling choir leader Darrin.
Best Line: "I can smell when a man is trying to use me and mister, you stink."
Does She Sing?: Yes. Lots of gospel and a saucy cover of "Fever."
Takeaway: If you can ignore the Pepsi product placement (really, Bey?), you'll be charmed by the fun vocal performances. Citizen Kane it's not, however.
The Pink Panther (2006)
The Role: Xania, an international pop star whose football manager boyfriend is killed.
The Love Interest: Jason Statham (the aforementioned boyfriend), and a brief, very uncomfortable near-seduction of Steve Martin's Inspector Clouseau.
Best Line: "I have something vague to do in New York."
Does She Sing?: Yes, including the hit "Check On It."
Takeaway: This film is such a stinker it's not really fair to single out Bey's wooden performance.
The Role: Deena Jones, the beautiful girl group member who replaces Jennifer Hudson's Effie and basically ruins her life.
The Love Interest: Effie's ex Curtis (Jamie Foxx).
Best Line: "That what I love about it. There's no pretense. No fucking bullshit."
Does She Sing?: Is the Pope Catholic?
Takeaway: You'll root for Effie all the way, but Bey's hair, makeup, and costumes are beyond supreme.