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
In a previous film, Cam Gigandet played a bully who constantly referred to a fellow character as "Iowa". Here, that is his character's nickname for Ali. See more »
During the "Tough Lover" sequence, a crew member lowers the curtain by pulling on the side of the rope closest to him. When Tess tells him to raise the curtain, he begins to pull up on the same portion of the rope. This would be impossible, due to the way fly systems are weighted. The proper method is to pull down on the other side of the rope. See more »
Jack, why did you leave Kentucky?
Well, why did you leave Iowa?
Because I looked around and realized there wasn't one person whose life I wanted.
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The credits play over a background of the stage set from the final scene ("Show Me How to Burlesque" dance number). See more »
Lofty, dramatic and musically ambitious, but also obvious, lame, and mildly entertaining
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 beentertaining. 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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