Burlesque

Burlesque

DVD - 2011
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Ali, is a small-town girl with a big voice who escapes hardship 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. After Ali finally makes her way from the bar to the stage, things take a dramatic turn when her larger than life voice causes a charismatic entrepreneur to make an enticing proposal.
Publisher: [United States] : Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, [2011]
Branch Call Number: DVD MUSICAL Bur
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (119 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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SAMtheDVDdevourer
Jan 01, 2018

Although not holding to the strictest definition of burlesque, the extras on this DVD to portray a little bit more of the comedy end of things. Other than that what a great musical DVD and great performances by all. It does have a thin plot, but I think that makes it all the easier to enjoy the extravagant routines and very good talent.

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booksmile
Jul 20, 2017

Dance routines and music are great! And Cher (although she only does a couple numbers)! And even Christina Aguilera is a better singer than I remember her being. Mediocre plot and main character though and really annoying angry jealous-but-won't-admit-it man-boy. DVD has a jukebox mode so you can watch/listen to just the great musical/dance numbers.

According to the dictionary, the word "burlesque" is defined as being a variety show characterized by low-comedy and striptease.... Well, (unless there are 2 versions of this movie out there) this version of Burlesque (with its PG-13 rating) contained neither one of these forms of entertainment. (It might have helped if it did)

From my point of view, I found Burlesque to be, pretty much, an up-dated, carbon-copy of Flashdance and something of a Cabaret-clone, as well, with the distinctive echoes of Dirty Dancing thrown in for good measure.

Burlesque's backstage, backstabbing story was continually marred by clich├ęs, predictability, dumb dialogue and trite personal dramas.

And speaking about Burlesque's mega-extravagant musical numbers, (when you clearly see the exterior of the building where they were being staged) you'll be quick to realize that there was absolutely no way on Earth that a dinky, little venue like that could ever possibly house these fantastic, "Vegas"-calibre productions. No way, Jose!

Anyways - Besides the fact that the 64-year-old Cher was never, ever filmed in natural daylight (Gee. I wonder why??), Burlesque really killed me with its pretentious and snooty "I'm-so-classy" attitude.

This picture tried and tired (so earnestly) to firmly establish itself as a real class act. But, hey, once the glitzy trinkets and shiny tinsel got stripped away it was nothing but cheap and petty story-telling right to its very core.

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HerNoseInABookGal
Jul 21, 2014

Great dancing; story and plot line predictable; writing dull; Cher and Christina Aguilera -- wasted talents.

hania4987 Sep 10, 2013

tired story, really bad musical numbers ...
I think a lot of people just needed a paycheck

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Merikes
Jul 25, 2013

Not a best story ever but songs were great. A good entertaining girlie movie.

kf1084 Jun 15, 2013

I have watched this about 5 different times. I just love the voice that Christina has. And Cher of course too.

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velloxal
May 09, 2013

Wow my fav movie - love from first sight.
Incredible performance. Can watch on and on.

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jimg2000
Apr 30, 2013

Heard good things about this musical and great performance by Aguilera. Well, the age old Cinderella theme (star is born, love at first sight, good boss & loyal employees, social diversity, Hollywood glitz, smart blond, happy ending) is good as well.

d2013 Apr 27, 2013

Great musical. It was fun and entertaining. Love them both as singers/actresses. Cher has some good movies under her belt and yes Christina has quite a voice herself.

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May 16, 2011

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