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Burlesque

Burlesque

Steve Antin (2010)

114min
12 Certificate
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There's an innocent sweetness about this showcase for Christina Aguilera's vocal and dance skills that just about excuses its utter hokiness. The superstar songstress plays an Iowa waitress following her showbiz dreams, who finds her way to Cher's ailing burlesque theatre on LA's Sunset Strip. With Bob Fosse-inspired choreography and Alan Cumming channelling Joel Grey's MC in Cabaret, writer/director Steven Antin's movie springs few surprises as the super-nice Aguilera moves from lip-synching chorus girl to diva belter. A few tacky Showgirls moments erupt along the overly cute route (mainly regarding love interest Cam Gigandet) and the real-estate subplot is a bore. But Cher and Gay Best Friend Stanley Tucci always cause smiles with their easy-going double act. The eclectic soundtrack includes the Aguilera-penned theme Express, Cher power ballad You Haven't Seen the Last of Me, and Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend.

Summary

A woman goes to work as a cocktail waitress at a burlesque club which is teetering on the brink of closure. The manager gives her the chance to perform and she has soon become the venue's star attraction, drawing the attention of a sleazy developer with plans for the site. Musical drama, starring Cher, Christina Aguilera, Alan Cumming and Eric Dane.

Cast & Crew

Tess Cher
Ali Christina Aguilera
Alexis Alan Cumming
Marcus Eric Dane
Jack Cam Gigandet
Georgia Julianne Hough
Vince Peter Gallagher
Nikki Kristen Bell
Director Steve Antin
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Sony Guidance: Swearing, brief nudity Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 17 Dec 2010

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