Cher  Actor Christina Aguilera  Actor Eric Dane  Actor Cam Gigandet  Actor Julianne Hough  Actor


MPAA Rating: PG13
Contains:Brief Nudity,Adult Situations,Profanity,Sexual Situations

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Theatrical Release Date: 2010 11 24 (USA)

UPC: 043396366381

Studio: Sony Pictures

MPAA Rating: PG13   Contains:[Brief Nudity, Adult Situations, Profanity, Sexual Situations]

Summary: Christina Aguilera makes her dramatic feature debut as Ali, a small-town singer who takes her shot at stardom performing at a neo-burlesque nightclub in Los Angeles. Situated in a regal old theater that's still dazzling despite having fallen into disrepair, The Burlesque Lounge is the kind of club where legends are born. When club owner Tess (Cher) hires charismatic Ali as a cocktail waitress, the ambitious big-city newcomer goes to great lengths to make a good impression. Taken under the wing of a friendly featured dancer (Julianne Hough), Ali quickly realizes that not everyone is quite as nice when she forms a friendship with bartender/aspiring musician Jack (Cam Gigandet) and incurs the wrath of the club's cattiest showgirl (Kristen Bell). After making her leap to the stage with a little help from a sympathetic stage manager (Stanley Tucci) and the club's playfully androgynous host (Alan Cumming), Ali becomes the star attraction at The Burlesque Lounge, and the crowds start packing in. Later, a wealthy businessman (Eric Dane) makes a bid for the club while trying to charm the talented young performer straight into his arms. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Category: Musical

Awards: Best Original Song – Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Comedy or Musical – Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Song – Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Song – Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Song – Hollywood Foreign Press Association

Features: See 6 Entire Song Performances
Featuring Christina Aguilera, Kristen Bell and the Dancers!
Alternate Opening
Blooper Reel
Director's Commentary


Format: DVD

Release Date: 03/01/2011

Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1 2.40:1

Audio: DD5.1 Dolby Digital 5.1

Runtime: 119 Minutes

Sides: 1

Number of Discs: 1

Language(s) English

Subtitles: English,French,Spanish

Region: USA & territories, Canada

Chapters: Disc #1 -- Burlesque
1. Scene 1 [6:18]
2. Scene 2 [8:54]
3. Scene 3 [9:54]
4. Scene 4 [5:23]
5. Scene 5 [6:58]
6. Scene 6 [7:30]
7. Scene 7 [6:43]
8. Scene 8 [7:08]
9. Scene 9 [5:51]
10. Scene 10 [7:31]
11. Scene 11 [2:08]
12. Scene 12 [5:48]
13. Scene 13 [8:13]
14. Scene 14 [6:12]
15. Scene 15 [6:32]
16. Scene 16 [6:07]

Perry Seibert

Cher has altered her face into something so abnormal that she's pretty much incapable of playing a regular person. Luckily, Burlesque director/writer Steve Antin isn't terribly interested in making his movie about regular people, and he's managed to find exactly the right tone to make his ridiculously flashy backstage musical work.

Although the former Mrs. Bono is certainly the heart and soul of Burlesque, the star is Christina Aguilera, who plays Ali, the stereotypical Midwestern girl who dreams of making it as a singer and dancer in the big city. She packs up, moves to L.A., and hustles her way into a waitressing gig at Burlesque, a nightclub run by the demanding Tess (Cher) along with her gay co-manager, Sean (Stanley Tucci). Quickly Ali teaches herself the various routines performed by the club's crew of dancers, but her attempts to make it into the cast are shot down, especially by the club's bitchy, alcoholic star, Nikki (Kristen Bell).

Of course there's a love interest as well. Ali befriends Jack (Cam Gigandet), one of the bartenders at the club, eventually moving in with him even though he's happily engaged to a woman living in New York City. And while it's obvious that they're perfect for each other, Marcus (Eric Dane) -- a millionaire with an eye for real estate and fine women -- starts putting the moves on her while trying to buy the financially struggling club from Tess.

There are many laughs in Burlesque, and most of them are intentional. Just about everyone in the cast is on the same page; they understand exactly the kind of movie they're making and relish the opportunity to play theatrical -- though never exactly over-the-top -- stereotypes. The lone exception is Aguilera, who is a genuinely formidable singing talent. Her soulful growl has an intensity and a focus that demands your attention, but her acting doesn't have any of that command. When Ali is alone with Jack, it's easy to stop paying attention to the movie.

Luckily, the other actors really savor the scenery they get to chew. Cher may no longer resemble her former self (from some angles Tess' face brings to mind the killer's mask from Scream smeared with heavy makeup), but the woman is a born performer who understands exactly what's expected of her. Her catty one-liners land dependably, although they lack the sparkle and wit of Stanley Tucci's put-downs -- unsurprisingly, he's the best thing in the movie. Kristen Bell dives head-first into the role of the club's resident mean girl, and it's a kick to watch her character face off against Cher's.

Burlesque certainly won't appeal to everyone, but it has integrity and it's competently made. That may sound like faint praise, but it's not meant to. Antin knows how to shoot dancers, he manages to squeeze the effortlessly perverse Alan Cumming into a too-brief cameo, and the soundtrack is loaded with numbers that allow Ali to show off what Nikki refers to as her "mutant lungs." Sure, the whole thing is obvious and silly and ridiculous, but Burlesque is really comfortable in its own skin. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

Cast and Crew: Steve Antin  Director 
Steve Antin  Screenwriter 
Christophe Beck  Composer (Music Score) 
Donald De Line  Producer 
Dana Belcastro  Executive Producer 
Stacy Kolker Cramer  Executive Producer 
Risa Shapiro  Executive Producer 
Cher  Actor 
Christina Aguilera  Actor 
Eric Dane  Actor 
Cam Gigandet  Actor 
Julianne Hough  Actor 
Alan Cumming  Actor 
Peter Gallagher  Actor 
Kristen Bell  Actor 
Stanley Tucci  Actor 
Dianna Agron  Actor 
Glynn Turman  Actor 
David Walton  Actor 
Chelsea Traille  Actor 
Terrence Jenkins  Actor 
Tanee McCall  Actor 
Tyne Stecklein  Actor 
Paula Van Oppen  Actor 
Isabella Hofmann  Actor 
James Brolin  Actor 
Stephen Lee  Actor 
Denise Faye  Actor 
Baldeep Singh  Actor 
Michael Landes  Actor 
Wendy Benson  Actor 
Tisha French  Actor 
Katerina Mikailenko  Actor 
Jay Luchs  Actor 
Katelynn Tilley  Actor 
Gwen van Dam  Actor 
Catherine Natale  Actor 
Jonathan Trent  Actor 
Blair Redford  Actor 

Country: USA