The Bodyguard (1992)
Whitney Houston, The Bodyguard
Credit: Bodyguard: Everett Collection

We rate Whitney Houston’s big movie debut

THE ROLE Spoiled — and stalked — pop-diva-slash-actress Rachel Marron, who reluctantly falls for the security specialist (Kevin Costner) who’s hired to protect her

DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY Hmm… tricky. Back when the film came out, we’d have said ”low,” since it didn’t seem like such a stretch for Houston to play the haughty diva with a taste for the finer things in life. But now, having endured Houston’s antics on multiple episodes of Being Bobby Brown, we’re going with ”medium”: It’s kind of impressive that Marron chick never once discussed a bowel movement, or hollered ”Hell to the no!”

LEVEL OF SUCCESS 6 Okay, so her performance as an at-risk Oscar nominee isn’t quite worthy of Academy recognition, but give credit where it’s due: The fact that The Bodyguard even occasionally overcomes its lackluster script to offer moments of both romance and chills is a testament to Houston’s natural acting abilities.

TASTY TIDBIT The soundtrack’s ubiquitous hit, the Dolly Parton-penned ”I Will Always Love You,” spent 14 weeks atop the Billboard singles chart.

EW MOVIE GRADE D (Read the review)

The Bodyguard
  • Movie
  • 130 minutes