November 25, 2010
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I used to hate Cher. I don’t know why, but I did. After this movie, I have quickly changed my tune. Here is a blatant ripoff of Chicago, but one that is still fun to enjoy. Christina Aguilera has more acting chops than Britney Spears or Mariah Carey. This is a musical film that takes itself a bit too seriously, which makes the camp that much more entertaining.
Christina stars as Ali, the stereotypical small-town girl with big hopes type, who finds herself stepping into a Burlesque night club. The whole scene and most of the first act plays like Alice in Wonderland, before it spends the remainder of the movie as a flashier, less misogynist Coyote Ugly.
Though the film feels more like one big performance number, Christina never stops being believable as Ali. Backed by an impressive cast I couldn’t help but adore, the movie makes it to the end intact, but a little short of all the way. Peter Gallagher, Kristen Bell, and Alan Cumming all pop up adding some much-needed who’s who moments. If this film was released any other time of the year, it would have been a dud. But since it’s holiday season, a movie like this just makes sense as a break from all the shopping and turkey. Though not a complete film, it’s fun enough as what it is. 3 out of 5 stars