Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Burlesque (2010)

Ali is a small town girl from Iowa working as a waitress who daydreams of being a performer on stage. So she takes a trip to Los Angeles to pursue her dream but doesn't have much luck. Until she discovers and is enthralled by Burlesque, a fancy showgirls nightclub. Tess the owner of the club isn't interested in her at first, so Ali stays there instead waiting tables while longingly dreams of being on the stage. Until when one of the dancers can't perform, Ali begs Tess to let her audition to show her what she can do, and eventually she gives in, wowing not only Tess but the other dancers as well. The music numbers are somewhat entertaining enough to sit through, but the acting, especially by Aguilera is unimpressive in a story that's cliche and a rip-off of other films that've come before it (think Coyote Ugly and Showgirls). Starring Cher, Christina Aguilera, Eric Dane, Stanley Tucci, Alan Cumming, Peter Gallagher, Cam Gigandet, Julianne Hough, Kristen Bell 5/10

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