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At Theaters: 1/17/2003 On Video: 8/19/2003
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 47 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 399950
Studio: Miramax Pictures Inc.
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A chorus girl, Roxie Hart, shoots her love and goes to jail, where she meets Velma Kelly, fellow chorus girl and murderess. A battle ensues to see who will get represented by Billy Flynn, a hotshot attorney that makes big media splashes.
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Musical Crime - This lavish comic musical should have widespread appeal, from teens to adults. The cynicism and somewhat mature subject matter merit parental discretion for younger children.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Renee Zellweger WHITE OLEANDER, BRIDGET JONES'S DIARY, NURSE BETTY
Catherine Zeta-Jones AMERICA'S SWEETHEARTS, TRAFFIC, THE HAUNTING
Richard Gere UNFAITHFUL, THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES
Director: Rob Marshall ANNIE, MRS. SANTA CLAUS
Producer: Martin Richards CRIMES OF THE HEART, FOXFIRE
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About The Production
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 7 S-words, 8 GD's, a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: One brief sex scene.
VIOLENCE: A few bloody shootings.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco use.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: Dark, cynical humor.
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Excellent

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Entertainment Weekly   Full Review
Excellent "By the end of Chicago,' just about everyone in it has razzle-dazzled someone, and so has the movie, which leaves you thrilled at how good it feels to see life, death, and girl power turned, once again, into a cabaret.''

James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Very Good "The nine or ten song-and-dance numbers allow us to enjoy Chicago on a less cerebral, more visceral level than might be the case if this was not a musical, but there's still a fair amount of substance to be considered. It's a pleasure to note that the return of the movie-adapted stage musical is such an unqualified success. If only audiences will pay the production the attention it deserves…''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Very Good "Chicago is a musical that might have seemed unfilmable, but that was because it was assumed it had to be transformed into more conventional terms. By filming it in its own spirit, by making it frankly a stagy song-and-dance revue, by kidding the stories instead of lingering over them, the movie is big, brassy fun.''

USA TODAY  Full Review
Excellent "More than any other example in recent memory, Chicago shows how much the element of surprise is missing from today's movies.''

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 105 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
2
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
19
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
6
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
7
Fairly High
71%
30+Adults (M)
28
Very High
96%
30+Adults (F)
43
High
93%
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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

These are some great opinions. Lots of "Fantastic" and "Excellent" opinions with very few low ones. I suspect the few low opinions were mainly from those who either didn't know what type of movie this was or they went with someone who enjoys musicals and they don't.

This is a very specific type of movie and is going to be enjoyed most by those who still want to see it after learning exactly what awaits them. So, be sure to read all we offer about this movie and understand that it's a story that's primarily told in music and dance.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
The Windy City's promise of adventure and opportunity dazzle Roxie Hart (Renee Zellweger), an outwardly innocent performer who dreams of singing and dancing her way out of her ho-hum life.

Roxie's one wish is to follow in the golden footsteps of vaudeville performer Velma Kelly Catherine Zeta-Jones). Roxie gets her wish when some very wrong steps land both the star and starlet in prison for separate murder charges. 

Under the crooked care of the prison Matron Morton (Queen Latifah), Roxie meets up with legendary lawyer Billy Flynn (Richard Gere). He agrees to take Roxie's case for an immodest fee. Roxie's career explodes, to the chagrin of her mentor. But the clever Miss Kelly has a few surprises left for her second act…
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