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“Burlesque” will have audience members dancing out of theaters

“Burlesque” will have audience members dancing out of theaters

November 23
22:17 2010

By Daisy Silos / Intern –

Burlesque is often misinterpreted to mean stripping when it’s actually just the strip tease, so don’t come thinking you’ll see a lot of nudity in the film — at least not that much; it is a PG-13 film.

Ali Rose, played by Christina Aguilera, is a determined young girl who does whatever it takes to reach her dreams. With no family to support her, she leaves her old life to start a new chapter. Stumbling upon a Burlesque Lounge in L.A. run by Tess, played by Cher, she quickly falls in love with the art of burlesque and works her way up to become a part of it. Then when Ali’s amazing voice is showcased, she becomes the star of the lounge and things take a quick twist and like every main character, once you move your way to the top, you face a few struggles along the way to stay on top — predictable.

Despite the flat storyline, the supporting cast does a great job playing its characters.

Once Ali becomes the star of the lounge, her love life begins to get difficult. She starts to develop feelings for her roommate and co-worker Jack, played by Cam Gigandet, but he has a fiancé, so she spends time with Marcus, played by Eric Dane, who wants to tear down the lounge. Stanley Tucci plays Cher’s right-hand man Sean and is the center of all the comedy in the film while Kristen Bell plays Nikki, the ex-star of the lounge who tries to sabotage Ali.

Although the storyline overall was flat and cheesy, Aguilera and Cher saved the film with their undeniable vocals. Cher’s character Tess sings two songs. “You haven’t seen the last of me” fits perfectly with Tess, who is a strong woman doing whatever she can to keep her beloved club.

Aguilera shines in the seven songs she performs on the film, but the last song, “Show me how you burlesque,” was written by her and will surely have audiences singing and dancing their way out of the theater.

There’s no doubt the soundtrack will be good. Another good thing about the film was the visuals. Burlesque has some stunning visuals with all the costumes, the make-up, the sets, and the beautiful views of L.A.

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