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Ali is a small-town girl with a big voice who escapes hardship and an uncertain future to follow her dreams to LA. After stumbling upon The Burlesque Lounge, a majestic but ailing theater that is home to an inspired musical revue, Ali lands a job as a cocktail waitress from Tess, the club’s proprietor and headliner. Burlesque’s outrageous costumes and bold choreography enrapture the young ingenue, who vows to perform there one day.
Drama Musical Romantic - This is a dance musical film aimed at female moviegoers. There is a
bit of sexy dancing in lingerie and very skimpy clothing but minimal
nudity. The suggestive dancing and some gay themes make the film of
some caution to parents. Fans of Cher and Christina Aguilera will
have plenty to savor here.
OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 31 moviegoers:
TEENS:The six females loved "Burlesque." There were no male reviews.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:The two females both loved "Burlesque" giving it extremely high reviews. No male reviews.
ADULTS:Over three-quarters of the ladies absolutely loved "burlesque." A few rated it above average, which indicates a movie they enjoyed very much. Only a few rated it as low as "Good/Average," which is still not bad. Four of the five males rated it very high and I agree with them. Only one rated it somewhat low.
For Ali (Christina Aguilera), a small-town girl with a big voice, there had
to be somewhere her dreams could be fulfilled, rather than remain an empty goal.
Enter the world of burlesque.
Leaving behind hardship and an uncertain future for the entertainment capital
Los Angeles, Ali stumbles upon The Burlesque Lounge, a majestic but ailing
theater that is home to an inspired musical revue. Talking herself into a
cocktail waitress job from Tess (Cher), the club's glamorous and forthright
proprietor, headliner and starmaker, Ali becomes a wide-eyed sponge to The
Burlesque's captivating acts. The outrageous costumes and bold choreography hold
the young ingénue enraptured.
That stage is where Ali was meant to be, so she vows to herself she'll be on it
But first she has to navigate the theater's many interpersonal relationships,
for better or for worse. She builds a friendship with a featured dancer
(Julianne Hough), finds an enemy in a troubled, jealous performer (Kristen
Bell), and wins the affection of Jack (Cam Gigandet), a handsome bartender and
musician who takes Ali in as a temporary roommate to help her get her financial
footing. Eventually, with the help of a sharp-witted yet sensitive stage manager
(Stanley Tucci) and the club's gender-bending host (Alan Cumming), Ali makes her
way from the bar to the stage. Her spectacular voice and showmanship returns The
Burlesque Lounge to its former glory, giving hope to Tess that she won't have to
entertain the demands of her ex-husband (Peter Gallagher) that she sell the
place to a charismatic entrepreneur (Eric Dane) with an enticing proposal.
As Ali's star rises, it becomes thrillingly clear that the Burlesque Lounge
lives to titillate, fascinate and make dreams come true. But are its days – and
colorful, sexy, music-filled nights -- numbered?