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Burlesque (I) (2010)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Music, Romance  |  24 November 2010 (USA)
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A small-town girl ventures to Los Angeles and finds her place in a neo-burlesque club run by a former dancer.


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Cast overview, first billed only:


The Burlesque Lounge has its best days behind it. Tess, a retired dancer and owner of the venue, struggles to keep the aging theater alive, facing all kinds of financial and artistic challenges. With the Lounge's troupe members becoming increasingly distracted by personal problems and a threat coming from a wealthy businessman's quest to buy the spot from Tess, the good fortune seems to have abandoned the club altogether. Meanwhile, the life of Ali, a small-town girl from Iowa, is about to change dramatically. Hired by Tess as a waitress at the Lounge, Ali escapes a hollow past and quickly falls in love with the art of burlesque. Backed by newfound friends amongst the theater's crew, she manages to fulfill her dreams of being on stage herself. Things take a dramatic turn though when Ali's big voice makes her become the main attraction of the revue. Written by Bobby_John

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content including several suggestive dance routines, partial nudity, language and some thematic material | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 November 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Burleska  »

Box Office


$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$11,947,744 (USA) (26 November 2010)


$39,440,655 (USA) (4 February 2011)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Cher revealed that, other than herself, the oldest girl in the cast was just 32 (interview with Charlie Stayt on BBC's Breakfast (2000) / 17 Dec. 2010). See more »


When Jack is frantically trying to find a towel, and all he can find are Ali's undergarments, when the camera pans to Jack he is wearing dry boxers in the shower. See more »


Ali Rose: Who does a girl have to flirt with to get from here... to up there?
[points to dance stage]
Jack: Is this you flirting?
Ali Rose: [laughs] With someone wearing more eyeliner than me? Yeah.
Jack: Through that door over there. Ask for Tess. She's your guy. Flirt away.
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Written by Etta James & Joe Josea
Produced by Christopher Stewart (as C. 'Tricky' Stewart)
Performed by Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera appears courtesy of RCA Records, a unit of Sony Music Entertainment
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User Reviews

Lofty, dramatic and musically ambitious, but also obvious, lame, and mildly entertaining
10 March 2011 | by (Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

Like the name implies, "Burlesque" was lofty, dramatic and musically ambitious. Unlike the name, I think it was too serious to be much of a parody of stage-shows. Cher is an actress, an Academy Award winning actress at that, but there was minimal evidence of intentional self-caricaturing.

A small-town Iowa waitress pursues her dreams and high-tails it to Los Angeles. Ali has way too much audacity for her own good but it does get her a job, two scrumptious boyfriends, and into the burlesque show. Of course it does. Alice, you are in wonderland now. At least when lines like that are delivered by Stanley Tucci they are pretty funny.

The film did have a plot with questions along the lines of: Will Ali realize her dreams of singing and dancing? Will she meet the man of her dreams? And more importantly, will Tess (Cher) save her club from financial ruin? The latter storyline might actually matter if the rest of the film wasn't littered with outlandish sets, costumes and lighting. But "Burlesque" is also what it claims to be—entertaining. Well, mildly entertaining. Christina Aguilera can sing, Cher and Stanley Tucci have good comedic chemistry, and Cam Gigandet is one of the hottest young actors around.

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