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Burlesque (2010)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music, Musical | 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:
... Tess
... Ali
... Marcus
... Jack
... Georgia
... Alexis
... Vince
... Nikki
... Sean
... Natalie
... Harold Saint
... Mark the DJ
... Dave
... Coco
... Scarlett
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Storyline

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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In a city of dreams and beyond your imagination, there exists a magical world that comes to life. See more »


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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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Also Known As:

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Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,947,744, 28 November 2010, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$39,440,655, 6 February 2011

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$89,519,773, 15 May 2011
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Trivia

Most of the flamboyant costumes worn by Cher were her own clothes, some of which were designed by her longtime friend Bob Mackie (interview on The Graham Norton Show (2007) / 18 Dec. 2010). See more »

Goofs

You can hear feedback when Ali is onstage and Nikki sabotages the speakers. There wouldn't be feedback because the speakers have been disconnected. Feedback is usually caused by microphones, not speaker cables. Additionally, since the dancers were supposed to be lip-syncing at this point, the microphones on stage would not be live. Even a voice as strong as Ali's would not be heard over the noise in the bar or the band playing. See more »

Quotes

Jack: Oh, I uhm... I finished a song. I think it's pretty good.
Ali Rose: [chuckles] Can I hear it?
Jack: No. But...
[pause, handing Ali a songsheet]
Jack: you can sing it.
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Crazy Credits

The credits play over a background of the stage set from the final scene ("Show Me How to Burlesque" dance number). See more »

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Referenced in The Crazy Ones: The Lighthouse (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Nasty Naughty Boy
Written by Christina Aguilera and Linda Perry
Performed by Christina Aguilera
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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The grotesque state of the film musical
1 December 2010 | by See all my reviews

The state of American film in the 21st Century has been generally abysmal but nowhere is it more evident than in the film musical. Taking the most honored of the period Chicago, a Fosse wanta be with bad performances and forgettable tunes as the benchmark it is more than evident all singing all dancing has lost its voice and more than a step. The latest entry and every bit the tepid much ado about nothing heat and light display of flaccid musical storytelling as the Oscar winner (an even bigger comment on the unimaginative state of the movie business) is the insipidly slick Burlesque.

Stop me if you've heard this. Young impressionable girl with massive hidden talent leaves the land of corn for the bright lights of LA where she stumbles upon a run down anachronism with a crusty but understanding owner still in it for love of the game who gives the kid a break and, well you can fill in the rest.

In the role of Judy Garland Christine Aguleria sings the blues with impressive voice but it's all plastic soul and slumming for the former mouseketeer who presents an unintentionally jarring visual context of an Aryan uber babe singing Bessie Smith. Speaking of plastic Cher all polished and waxed like an antique Oldsmobile splits her time offering sage advice and sarcasm. In addition she does a couple of tunes with her signature howl wrapped as always in distracting outfit and opulent stagecraft to soften its blow. There's some male characters whose purpose it seems is to stand around with expressions of awe for the divas and of course the serious pyrotechnics surrounding the noir dance numbers that attempts to put some make-up on this pig but in the end it is all forced Fosse.


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