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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.

Director:

Steve Antin (as Steven Antin)

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Steve Antin (as Steven Antin)
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cher ... Tess
Christina Aguilera ... Ali
Eric Dane ... Marcus
Cam Gigandet ... Jack
Julianne Hough ... Georgia
Alan Cumming ... Alexis
Peter Gallagher ... Vince
Kristen Bell ... Nikki
Stanley Tucci ... Sean
Dianna Agron ... Natalie
Glynn Turman ... Harold Saint
David Walton ... Mark the DJ
Terrence Jenkins ... Dave
Chelsea Traille ... Coco
Tanee McCall ... 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 »


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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Ukrainian

Release Date:

24 November 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Burleska See more »

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Box Office

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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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Paula van Oppen, former member of the girl group G.R.L, plays one of the burlesque dancers, Anna. See more »

Goofs

Natalie would not have been able to get inside the apartment the day after Georgia's wedding, because Jack put the chain on the door. See more »

Quotes

Jack: I'm just saying. Life is about the choices you make.
Ali Rose: The choices I make? You're a bartender-slash-piano player, who writes songs that are never ready.
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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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Written by Pete Bellotte (as Peter Bellotte), Keith Forsey and Harold Faltermeyer
Performed by Donna Summer
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Entertaining
17 February 2011 | by bjonesSee all my reviews

I waited a long time to write this review. I liked the film a great deal but I'm not so sure everyone will. It is entertaining in the way of old fashioned entertainment. Other people in the theater I attended liked it a lot also. That was easy to ascertain by the loud comments both during and after the film.

The story, itself, is a little shallow, mainly it's there as a means to fill in the space in between the elaborate musical numbers. However, the story is enough for the vehicle it carries, happy ending and all.

Cher, as the club owner Tess, has top billing but the entire show is undoubtedly Christina Aguilera as country-girl turned burlesque performer Ali. I'm old enough to say that in my life I've seen most of the premiere singing performers of modern times, many in live concert. Little Christina Aguilera is not just in a class by herself. Ms. Aguilera is in another universe, perhaps even another dimension. Her voice has a tonal quality, a power and a range that is nothing short of staggering. But the best part is that she knows how to make fullest use of that magnificent instrument.

Every second that Christina Aguilera is on screen she is absolutely riveting. You can't take your eyes off of her; and not just because she's remarkably beautiful. Here she is in this film, surrounded by a good number of extremely beautiful and talented women, yet they all seem to fade into the background fog when she is on. She has something more than beauty. She radiates raw animal magnetism and positively smolders in some kind of unidentifiable sexual power that just plain overshadows everything around her. In short, this film is well worth watching just for Aguilara's screen time.

If you can tear yourself away from watching Christina, there is more here to see. All the participants turn in great performances. All the dancers surrounding her are talented and wonderful to watch. All together they create very memorable entertainment. Kristen Bell as Nikki and Julianne Hough as Georgia are great but it's Bell who is the surprise. Being so used to seeing her as the usual blonde adornment in romantic comedies she surprised me with her dancing talent. She's really good. And, Hough is a given in a dancing costume; as flawlessly great as she is beautiful.

For me, the performance I enjoyed the most other than Christina's was Stanley Tucci as Sean. Mr. Tucci is a great talent who adds character and charm to everything he does and he won't disappoint anyone here.

I saved any negatives for last and none have anything to do with the cast. I found I didn't like the sound the way it was presented. The techniques they used tended to make the performances almost look like they were all canned/lip synced. I'm sure they thought the vocals had more power the way they did them but it truthfully detracted from the overall presentation.

The decision to make a PG-13 rated film was, no doubt, made to try and capture the kiddie ticket buyers. I honestly feel that if they actually pulled out the stops and made an honest R rated film with a more adult slant it would have been better and more profitable in the long run. To me, trying to make anything called "BURLESQUE" anything other than an adult film just seems ludicrous on the face of it.

In spite of the negatives it's still entertaining. I'll take friends to see it with a clear conscience.

By Bruce L. Jones

http://webpages.charter.net/bruce.jones1/


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