It takes a legend... to make a star
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- Rated: PG-13
- Run Time: 1 hours, 59 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: March 1, 2011
- Originally Released: 2010
- Label: Sony Pictures
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: See 6 Entire Song Performances
- Featuring Christina Aguilera, Kristen Bell and the Dancers!
- Alternate Opening
- Blooper Reel
- Director's Commentary
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.39
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Subtitles - English, French, Spanish
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Christina Aguilera, Cher, Julianne Hough, Eric Dane & Cam Gigandet|
|Directed by||Steve Antin|
|Screenwriting by||Steve Antin|
|Composition by||Christophe Beck|
|Director of Photography:||Bojan Bazelli|
Burlesque is so old-fashioned in its storytelling that it feels like what's happening inside the club is a time-warp from 50 years ago, while everything outside the Burlesque Lounge feels like "Dancing With the Stars" present-day in tone. Full Review
[BURLESQUE] is a safe place for Aguilera to show off her song and dance chops. And that she does, belting out bluesy songs left and right, many inspired by that smoldering torch queen Etta James...
Los Angeles Times
3 stars out of 5 -- BURLESQUE is an unashamed theatrical artifice proudly wearing its camp heart on its sequinned sleeve.
Rating: 1/5 -- The only relevant choreography would have shown Bob Fosse spinning out of his grave. Full Review
The first hour or so of BURLESQUE is good enough to eat with a spoon. It's completely honest about its frothy, heavily sequined ambitions...
Rating: 3/5 -- And it's this tension that rescues Burlesque - a film cursed with being too competent to be a Showgirls-style guilty pleasure, and too ropey to be really recommendable. Full Review
Reminds one too much of Coyote Ugly. [Full review in Spanish] Full Review
El Pais (Spain)
Christina Aguilera makes her dramatic feature debut as Ali, a small-town singer who takes her shot at stardom performing at a neo-burlesque nightclub in Los Angeles. Situated in a regal old theater that's still dazzling despite having fallen into disrepair, The Burlesque Lounge is the kind of club where legends are born. When club owner Tess (Cher) hires charismatic Ali as a cocktail waitress, the ambitious big-city newcomer goes to great lengths to make a good impression. Taken under the wing of a friendly featured dancer (Julianne Hough), Ali quickly realizes that not everyone is quite as nice when she forms a friendship with bartender/aspiring musician Jack (Cam Gigandet) and incurs the wrath of the club's cattiest showgirl (Kristen Bell). After making her leap to the stage with a little help from a sympathetic stage manager (Stanley Tucci) and the club's playfully androgynous host (Alan Cumming), Ali becomes the star attraction at The Burlesque Lounge, and the crowds start packing in. Later, a wealthy businessman (Eric Dane) makes a bid for the club while trying to charm the talented young performer straight into his arms.