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Fame (2009)

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

Director:

Kevin Tancharoen

Writers:

Allison Burnett (screenplay), Christopher Gore
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kay Panabaker ... Jenny Garrison
Walter Perez ... Victor Tavares
Naturi Naughton ... Denise Dupree
Asher Monroe ... Marco (as Asher Book)
Kherington Payne ... Alice Ellerton
Collins Pennie ... Malik Washburn
Kristy Flores Kristy Flores ... Rosie Martinez
Paul McGill ... Kevin Barrett
Bebe Neuwirth ... Ms. Kraft
Paul Iacono ... Neil Baczynsky
Charles S. Dutton ... Mr. James Dowd
Kelsey Grammer ... Mr. Martin Cranston
Anna Maria Perez de Tagle ... Joy
Megan Mullally ... Ms. Fran Rowan
Debbie Allen ... Ms. Angela Simms
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An updated version of the musical Fame (1980), which centered on the students of the New York Academy of Performing Arts.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

I'm Gonna Learn How to Fly See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fama See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,011,682, 27 September 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$22,455,510

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$80,227,619
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Runtime:

| (extended)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Bebe Neuwirth (Ms. Kraft) and Kelsey Grammer (Mr. Cranston) starred in the television shows Cheers (1982) and Frasier (1993) as a married couple. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Marco: She's hot, but she thinks she's like the most talented person in the school.
Victor Tavares: So maybe she is.
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Connections

Featured in Richard Roeper & the Movies: The Worst of 2009 (2010) See more »

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Welcome to P.A.
Written by Raney Shockne
Produced and Performed by Raney Shockne
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Go in expecting a collection of enthralling dance numbers and you will be walking out a satisfied customer
30 September 2009 | by Troy_CampbellSee all my reviews

Kevin Tancharoen's rambunctious first feature film (after directing a series of music TV shows like "The Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll") isn't as mawkish or amateur as you may expect. He may not have Martin Scorsese or Steven Spielberg looking over their shoulders, but Tancharoen clearly knows how to shoot a dance sequence. Thankfully he understands what the audience want from a movie like this and it isn't lengthy conversations or scenes to showcase the young stars' acting chops, we want exceptional dancing mixed with an ear-pleasing soundtrack. From that standpoint this first-timer delivers.

We meet the characters during the introduction as they audition for a spot in the highly sought-after academy, each one of them showing their obvious skills over a well crafted montage that establishes the tone for the rest of the movie. From there we go from one rhythmic set piece to another, of varying enjoyment levels, with the absolute highlight coming from a Halloween party boogie at the halfway point. The gigantic finale goes for broke however doesn't quite reach the heights it should. Also worth noting is Tancharoen's ability to ensure non-dance enthusiasts (like myself) will be entertained no matter what art form is on display; those who think they could never take pleasure in ballet just try and not be entranced with the routine led by the lithe Kherington Payne in the second half.

Every film needs a plot and character arcs mind you and this is where Fame's failings become quite evident. The massive ensemble cast is simply too big; trying to follow the amount of individuals on offer is often frustrating. When you start to like someone they disappear for 30 minutes whilst we see the other dozen or so stories unfold, and only randomly do they intersect each other. Of the young cast Kay Panabaker, Asher Brook and Paul Iacono are the pick whilst the wise and wonderful teachers are best served by Bebe Neuwirth and Charles S. Dutton.

So how much is the final result affected by the hit-and-miss acting (the romantic scenes between the teens are excruciating), unfocused screenplay and ridiculous reasons to break out in song and dance? Not all that much to be honest. A film that can be this fun to watch doesn't deserve to be hung up on faulting elements such as these. Go in expecting a collection of enthralling dance numbers and you will be walking out a satisfied customer.

3.5 out of 5 (1 - Rubbish, 2 - Ordinary, 3 - Good, 4 - Excellent, 5 - Classic)


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