Fame (2009)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Musical  |  25 September 2009 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.0/10 from 13,567 users   Metascore: 39/100
Reviews: 80 user | 133 critic | 26 from Metacritic.com

An updated version of the 1980 musical, which centered on the students of the New York Academy of Performing Arts.



Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

1 nomination. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Fame (1980)
Drama | Music | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A chronicle of the lives of several teenagers who attend a New York high school for students gifted in the performing arts.

Director: Alan Parker
Stars: Eddie Barth, Irene Cara, Lee Curreri
Fame (1982–1987)
Drama | Music | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The stories of the students and faculty of the New York City High School for the Performing Arts.

Stars: Debbie Allen, Carlo Imperato, Gene Anthony Ray
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A self-trained dancer from the streets of Detroit finds her way after auditioning for the most prestigious ballet academy in New York.

Director: Steven Jacobson
Stars: Kenny Wormald, Rachele Brooke Smith, Sarah Jayne Jensen
Take the Lead (2006)
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The real story of a dance teacher who believed in the talent of a group of problem kids.

Director: Liz Friedlander
Stars: Antonio Banderas, Rob Brown, Yaya DaCosta
Save the Last Dance 2 (Video 2006)
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Sara joins Julliard in New York to fulfill her and her mother's dream of becoming the Prima ballerina of the school. She befriends her roommates, Zoe and Miles, who teach hip-hop classes. ... See full summary »

Director: David Petrarca
Stars: Izabella Miko, Columbus Short, Jacqueline Bisset
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Embarking on a journey to fulfill her dreams as a dancer, a young girl discovers a new style of dance that will prove to be the source of both conflict and self-discovery.

Director: Darren Grant
Stars: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Tessa Thompson, Riley Smith
Footloose (2011)
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

City teenager Ren MacCormack moves to a small town where rock music and dancing have been banned, and his rebellious spirit shakes up the populace.

Director: Craig Brewer
Stars: Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid
Honey 2 (2011)
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Recently released from juvenile detention, talented dancer Maria Ramirez finds an outlet for her passion with a new dance crew.

Director: Bille Woodruff
Stars: Kat Graham, Randy Wayne, Aaron Benjamin
Honey (2003)
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Honey is a sexy, tough music video choreographer who shakes up her life after her mentor gives her an ultimatum: sleep with him or be blacklisted within their industry.

Director: Bille Woodruff
Stars: Jessica Alba, Mekhi Phifer, Romeo Miller
StreetDance 2 (2012)
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

After suffering humiliation by the crew Invincible, street dancer Ash (Hentschel) looks to gather the best dancers from around the world for a rematch.

Directors: Max Giwa, Dania Pasquini
Stars: Sofia Boutella, Falk Hentschel, Tom Conti
Step Up 3D (2010)
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A tight-knit group of New York City street dancers find themselves pitted against the world's best hip hop dancers in a high-stakes showdown.

Director: Jon M. Chu
Stars: Sharni Vinson, Rick Malambri, Adam G. Sevani
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Emily arrives in Miami with aspirations to become a professional dancer. She sparks with Sean, the leader of a dance crew whose neighborhood is threatened by Emily's father's development plans.

Director: Scott Speer
Stars: Kathryn McCormick, Ryan Guzman, Cleopatra Coleman


Cast overview, first billed only:
Marco (as Asher Book)
Kristy Flores ...


The four years in the lives of some students in one class, from their entrance audition to their graduation, at New York City's High School for the Performing Arts (P.A.) is presented. Upon their entrance, the disparate group have a few things in common: they've got "big dreams" and they "want fame". Some have natural talent, some have had to obtain talent through hard work and training, and some show only some promise which the teachers hope will materialize into true talent. Some have full support from their parents, some have support from their parents but only for the parents' specific dreams, and some have little or no parental support whatsoever. Some have formal training, some not. Some are confident of what they can do, some believe they are limited and are at school to expand those talents, while others have no confidence whatsoever. And some are clear about where they want to "be" after graduation, while some want to explore whatever other opportunities may arise for them ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Dream It - Earn It - Live It See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic material including teen drinking, a sexual situation and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

25 September 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fama  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£2,408,242 (UK) (25 September 2009)


$22,452,209 (USA) (4 December 2009)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


| (extended)

Sound Mix:

| |


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Bebe Neuwirth once played a dance teacher in Fame: Stagefright (1986), a previous installment in the Fame (1980) franchise. See more »


Mr. Cranston asks Denise to be the accompanist for the school's upcoming production of "Chicago". In the year 2009, this would not be possible since the licensing company which handles the theatrical rights for "Chicago" was restricting the show from being produced (even by amateur groups and schools) anywhere in the greater New York area while there was an open-ended Broadway production still running. See more »


Mr. James Dowd: Everything you're ashamed of, all the parts of yourself that you keep secret, everything you want to change about yourself - it's who you are. That's your power. Deny it and you're nothing.
See more »


References King Kong (1933) See more »


Row Row Row Your Boat
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Fame - An Unfortunate Snoozer
24 September 2009 | by (Nashville, Tennessee) – See all my reviews

I remember when I was younger I enjoyed the original Fame movie. Although I currently can't remember anything about the movie at all, save for the theme song. Tonight I got the chance to see the sneak peek of the 2009 version. Overall, I wasn't impressed. What was wrong with the movie? 1.) The plot…or lack thereof. There were so many "main" characters, that the scenes just jumped from one to another without any real cohesion. Sometimes there were even two scenes going on at the same time with the camera flashing back and forth between the two.

2.) The timeline. Before each "section" of the movie, you got a title like "Freshman Year", "Sophomore Year", "Junior Year", and "Senior Year". This would have been fine if they spent any time in these years. Instead, they went by so fast that the title just threw off the pace. For example, you get introduced to the characters and see "Freshman Year". Then you get to see their insecurities and character flaws all over the course of one day. The next day is "Sophomore Year" and the characters have made no forward progress since day one of freshman year. The movie could have been vastly improved by simply stripping out these time stamps.

3.) Character development. Tied to the first two problems with this movie is the character development. There is so much going on and time passes so fast that you don't really get to see much development of many of the characters. I understand there is only so much time in the movie, but that could have been resolved by reducing the number of "lead" characters. If you reduced the number of people we had to keep track of, we'd be able to see more how those characters evolve, and care more about them in the end.

4.) Lack of resolution. None of these characters really show any sign of improvement until the last scene in the movie, and then we still get no resolution on how things turned out. The last scene is graduation and we have no idea if any of these people amounted to anything after that. Very few even make mention to what they MIGHT be doing after the movie ends. Heck, I would have even settled for the lame freeze frame with written text explaining what people went on to do (which is a pretty cheesy cheat out of writing a resolution to your story as is).

5.) Predictability and memorable characters/scenes. I am going to lump these two issues together, because they go pretty much hand-in-hand. the movie from beginning to end was pretty predictable. There were absolutely zero surprises within. As a result, there was very little memorable about the movie. In fact, without looking at IMDb, I couldn't name a single character in the movie.

So was there anything good about the movie? I guess for what it was, it was an okay movie. No real surprises, and nothing you are going to remember any length of time from now (which is maybe why I don't remember the first movie). But I did enjoy the gratuitous completely unrealistic cafeteria jam session on day one of Freshman Year. And some of the cast music (which I assume was mostly original…at least nothing I've heard elsewhere) was good. Actually, I would have been okay if it was just one jam session after another, because I kinda dug that cheesy scene. Otherwise I say that if you are really interested in this movie, or perhaps a fan of the previous one, wait for the DVD. There are much better movies you could spend your money watching, especially since tickets are so high these days.

80 of 106 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Things I learnt from Fame tikwateinu
Why it doesn't work dizzy_hampster
How intolerant is this movie?! sim_vortex
Does anyone actually enjoy the film soundtrack? chrisboi2010
i dont know about you guys...but i loved it averyjennett
Remember my name. chesterprynne
Discuss Fame (2009) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page