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Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 64%
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September 25, 2013 at 11:10 AM


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Julianne Hough as Georgia
Kristen Bell as Nikki
Dianna Agron as Natalie
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by JamesHitchcock 5 / 10

No cliché left unturned

Although "Burlesque" is set in what is basically a high-class strip club, it is a film on the hoary old theme of "A Star is Born" and treats its theme in a very traditional way, with no cliché left unturned. It starts by emphasising its heroine's humble background. Alice "Ali" Rose is an orphan from a working-class background in a small town in Iowa, where she works as a waitress. Like all girls from humble backgrounds in films of this type, Ali harbours longings for fame and fortune, so she gets on the bus to Los Angeles where she hopes to find work in showbiz.

Like all girls in films of this type who long for fame and fortune, Ali finds that they do not (at least at first) come easily. She auditions for a number of showbiz roles, only to be consistently rejected. She eventually finds work in a burlesque club, but only as a waitress, doing the same sort of work as she was doing in Iowa. Eventually, however, her persistence pays off and when one of the dancers becomes pregnant the club owner agrees to take Ali on as her replacement. And then- like all girls in films of this type- Ali gets her big break to become the star of the show, not just a backing dancer.

One might think that the above synopsis contains more than enough clichés for one film, but just about every character is a cliché in his or her own right. We have the heroine's tough, feisty boss (in this case a woman) who turns out to have a heart of gold. We have the heroine's jealous, bitchy rival who turns out to have no heart at all. We have the heroine's kindly best friend (here, in one of the film's few breaches with tradition, a gay man rather than another woman). And then we have the two men in the heroine's life, one poor but caring and sensitive, the other rich but selfish and materialistic. (No prizes for guessing which one turns out to be the heroine's true love).

"Burlesque" reminded me in some ways of "Showgirls", another film about a girl with showbiz ambitions who eventually lands the leading role in the sort of song-and-dance show whose performers wear as few clothes as possible. And yet, although "Showgirls" was almost universally panned by the critics, I actually preferred it- at least dramatically, if not musically- to "Burlesque". At least "Showgirls" had some sort of satirical value, achieved by making its leading character Nomi Malone a thoroughly nasty little slut with the morals of an alley cat. Ali, by contrast, is described by another character as "beautiful inside as well as out", and even though she earns her living by wearing revealing costumes and performing provocative dance routines comes across as just too sweet and wholesome to be true.

This film marked the debut of pop singer Christina Aguilera as an actress. She doesn't reveal too much talent in that direction, although to be fair to her any actress would have had difficulty in making Ali interesting, as she is less a character in her own right than a compendium of clichés drawn from every showbiz movie ever made. Xtina is also no worse than most of the others on display, including Cher (as club boss Tess), who has far more acting experience but whose contribution here won her a "worst supporting actress" Razzie nomination. Cher's main problem with acting these days appears to be her addiction to plastic surgery; her mask-live face, strangely smooth and unlined for a woman of 92 (or whatever age she is), is not the best instrument for expressing emotion. Kristen Bell as the heroine's bitchy, jealous rival Nikki is required to do little except adopt an angry, resentful expression every time Ali does anything. Stanley Tucci's role as the heroine's camp male best friend seemed to be a reprise of his similar role in "The Devil Wears Pravda", although in that film his character's homosexuality was not made explicit as it is here. Tucci appears to be getting typecast in roles like this, so I was surprised to learn that he is actually straight in real life.

"Burlesque" is a musical along the lines of "Cabaret" or "Fame", the sort where the characters only sing or dance in situations where people normally sing or dance in real life, and therefore demands a setting in the world of show-business. The song-and-dance numbers are all very professionally done, and whatever Aguilera's limitations as an actress she has a very fine voice, not only melodious but also powerful and expressive. In her musical numbers she was able to convey her character's emotions much more strongly than she could through her acting. Aguilera performs most of the songs, although Cher (also very expressive) contributes two. In one of them she strips down to a revealing costume to show us just what a fine figure she has for a woman of 117 (or whatever age she is). Oddly enough for an entertainer who is well-known both as a singer and as an actress, this was Cher's first cinematic musical.

The film's saving grace, and the one thing which prevents it from getting a lower mark, is that, musically speaking, it is actually not at all bad. Its great fault, and the thing which prevents it from getting a higher mark, is that, dramatically speaking, it is completely lacking in originality, a badly acted rehash of hackneyed themes from every showbiz film you've ever seen. It is a pity that the energy of the musical sequences could not have been put to use in the service of a better story. 5/10

Reviewed by SnoopyStyle 5 / 10

no originality, even the song and dance get repetitive

Ali Rose (Christina Aguilera) leaves her small Iowa town waitress job for the lights of L.A. Tess (Cher) is the owner of the Burlesque Lounge. She struggles to keep the aging venue going. Ali hires herself as the new waitress. Alexis (Alan Cumming), Sean (Stanley Tucci) and bartender Jack Miller (Cam Gigandet) work there. Ali gets kicked out and stays with Jack thinking he's gay. It turns out that he's engaged to Natalie (Dianna Agron) who is away in a NY play. Vince Scali (Peter Gallagher) is Tess' ex-husband who owns half of the club. Nikki (Kristen Bell) is the club's diva star. Georgia (Julianne Hough) is looking to replace her as the star. Real estate guy Marcus Gerber (Eric Dane) is dating Nikki and trying to buy the club from Tess.

Aguilera is too old to play the young innocent thing who comes into town. The story is older than Cher. It has no originality at all. The song and dance is fun for a little while. Aguilera knows how to sing and even Kristen Bell does a good job. However all the performance are too similar and they wear thin really quickly. They get repetitive and boring. I don't mind Aguilera's acting although she's not winning any awards any time soon. She has charisma and that's a good start.

Reviewed by mark.waltz 5 / 10

Will we believe in life after Cher?

Will we be strong enough and be able to turn back time to remember a time without the ageless diva who made it big, not only in music, but on television, on Broadway (in a play, not a musical) and in movies? Yes, Cher is not as active in movies as she was when she shot to the legend of cinema goddesses winning an Oscar for "Moonstruck", but her legendary status has not diminished with age. When I talk with people from age 15-85, they all say one person embellishes it all in the world of entertainment, and that is Cher. You can praise Barbra, Liza, Ms. Ross, the Divine Ms. M, Madonna, etc., and I adore (most) of these ladies. But there is only one who touches each generation, every race and nationality without reluctance.

Now that I've gushed, I must confess that I went into this movie with mixed feelings, and I came out of it a bit surprised. No, this is no classic, and I can honestly say that in my 25 years of living in Los Angeles, there is no club on the Sunset Strip that represents the club that Cher owns here. The club is more Crenshaw Blvd. than Sunset Blvd., the strip loaded with its expensive restaurants, comedy clubs, rock clubs and strip joints (mostly towards downtown). This is more valley than city, but like "Connie and Carla", another favorite of mine, I look beyond its misrepresentation of what it shows L.A. to be.

Christine Aguilera really surprised me by what a natural actress she is- likable, not at all annoying, and someone you root for. She is Ruby Keeler of "42nd Street" in leather and lace, with Cher the Warner Baxter putting on the show and Kristen Bell a younger version of Bebe Daniels, the star who is always late (and usually drunk). Cher tells her to go ahead and "Spend the rest of your life pouring vodka on your Cherrios". She is also the den mother to the girls, reminding Bell of how many nights she held her head over the toilet so the poor girl wouldn't drowned in her own vomit.

When Cher breaks into "Welcome to Burlesque", I cringe at the thought that this multi-talented woman has never stepped foot onto the Broadway stage into a musical, and it took this standard story (beefed up for modern times) to allow her to sing in a movie. Any flagging Broadway show would be lucky to rush her into the cast so she could strut herself. Cher in "Mamma Mia" as Donna, anyone? I found Aguilera's persistence at getting a job at the bar so amusing, her gall both perplexing and pleasing to the deep-down gold-hearted Cher who is so afraid of loosing her club that her distraction by the younger girl ultimately wins her over.

Eric Dane, as the bartender who befriends Aguilera and takes her in may seem to some to be like a Chelsea boy than the sweet heterosexual man he plays, but I think that had more to do with his bartender costuming and the overabundance of showing off his body than anything else. Peter Gallagher, Stanley Tucci and Cam Gigandet give fine supporting performances, but I wanted to see much more of Alan Cumming as the door man with more than just a passing resemblance to his "Cabaret" emcee. The Golden Globe Winning "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me" is Cher's big 11:00 number, and may not have the greatest lyrics, but in the way Cher performs it, the result is unforgettable.

I've heard people call this the L.A. "Show Girls" and an updated "Valley of the Dolls", but it actually offers some intelligence, especially with its denouncement that does what a musical is supposed to do-be triumphant.

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