Based on the 1981 hit Broadway play, Dreamgirls has been hyped all year as a frontrunner for Best Picture, and now that it has finally arrived, it turns out to be as phony as Pat Boone covering a Little Richard tune. It is big and showy and loud, but director Bill CondonÂ's attempts to make the movie more socially relevant than the theatrical production just serve to highlight what little soul was there in the first place.