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By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Sexy musical is forgettable despite talented stars.

Movie PG-13 2010 119 minutes
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How can something so good be so bad? That's BURLESQUE. First, what works: Cher reminds us why we fell in love with her in movies like Mask and Moonstruck. Her performance is grounded and earthy, even though the look and feel of the movie is stylized and the story predictable. Tucci gives an able assist, too, in a Devil Wears Prada-like role (he does witty and supportive so well). Even Aguilera contributes; that voice simply won't be denied.

But for a movie referencing one of the most successful musicals ever, Chicago, Burlesque is felled by an egregious oversight: the music. Except for perhaps for one or two numbers, the songs are forgettable and try too hard. What makes musicals work are impossible-to-resist songs that burrow into our subconscious. You can truss a movie up with glitzy lighting, over-the-top costumes, and a cameo by Alan Cumming (practically the patron saint of all things burlesque), but without great dialogue -- and you can tell a lot about a movie when its best line is "I will not be upstaged by some girl with mutant lungs!" -- a plot that satisfies, and lyrics and melodies that appeal, there's no reason to come to the cabaret.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: November 24, 2010
  • On DVD or streaming: March 1, 2011
  • Cast: Cher , Christina Aguilera , Peter Gallagher , Stanley Tucci
  • Director: Steve Antin
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors, Latino actors
  • Studio: Screen Gems
  • Genre: Musical
  • Run time: 119 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: sexual content including several suggestive dance routines, partial nudity, language and some thematic material
  • Last updated: July 7, 2023

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