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Preview review: 'Burlesque,' Christina Aguilera's first (and last?) act

August 6, 2010 | 11:52 am

MV5BMTM1MTk3MzU4NV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNjEyNTM2Mw@@._V1._SX640_SY427_ In the last decade, pop divas haven't exactly had the best track record on the silver screen. Sure, there were some solid turns from Beyonce, but she's the exception. Miley Cyrus didn't bowl over critics with her performance in the Nicholas Sparks tear-jerker "The Last Song." Britney Spears made her big-screen debut (and swan song) with the road-trip classic "Crossroads." And before "Precious," Mariah Carey had (gulp) "Glitter" and "Tennessee."

Now it's Christina Aguilera's turn to show her skills, which she attempts to do in "Burlesque," a  star-is-born drama out in November from Screen Gems. The singer plays Ali, the prototypical small-town girl with starry eyes who buses herself all the way from Iowa to the Hollywood sign to fulfill her dreams of stardom. She starts waiting tables at a "neo-burlesque" club, run by the world-weary Tess (Cher). Ali tries to convince the lounge's owner that she has what it takes to be a part of the club's act, but Tess and her surly counterpart, Sean (Stanley Tucci), don't think she has the chops.

That is, until she gets on stage and belts out a song like — well, Christina Aguilera.

Judging by the trailer, the film looks like it's overflowing with camp and schmaltz — even if the pairing of Cher and Aguilera seems appealing. The story is basically preposterous, a la "Coyote Ugly": All a girl really wants in life is to wear very little and dance atop a bar! (Or in this case, wear very little and dance in a bar.) And the bits of dialogue we hear here are so hokey that we can't imagine taking the movie seriously.

"You gotta make me believe that you belong on that stage," Cher's character implores her protege. "That it's yours! And that nobody can take it from you. Now you wanna show me something? Show me that!"

She and Tucci do seem to have good chemistry. And one of the many doctors from "Grey's Anatomy" (Eric Dane) serves as a potential love interest, which is a plus, if only for the eye candy. But while we're looking forward to the song-and-dance numbers from Aguilera, her acting looks like it leaves a lot to be desired. She's trying so hard to be innocent as her character pleads with Cher, "Just tell me what you want!"

Probably not this.

— Amy Kaufman


Photo: Cher and Christina Aguilera star in "Burlesque." Credit: Screen Gems.

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I saw the film ... twice now ... and thoroughly enjoyed it both times. Christina's voice is crystal and Cher still has her own uniqueness that is worth the trip to the theater. Go for the pure enjoyment of great energy and music!

I thought -despite the movie itself-and the critics reviews---Christina's performance was rather outstanding and she should get praise---Initially, I liked I thought the movie would be or was a dud----But it picked up---There could have been more of a storyline and I think the movie would be a huge success--In all honesty, Christina's acting wasn't bad for her first major acting role---Cher one a good actress--was the one lacking in natural acting ability--Whether the movie was great or not--I found it highly entertaining---particularly the excellent perfomance of Christina Aguilera---She is massively talented---The critics lie--- How did I know she would receive criticism when I left the theatre---She has beauty, charisma,talent and some attitude I hear---Let's bash her performance---What miserable souls the critics are---Shame on them--I wasn't even a fan of hers---After her performance in Burlesque--I was highly impressed and suprised at what a talent she really is---She shined more than most of the young actresses today---Shame on the critics

finally watched this movie. christina and cher were fantastic ....and so were all of the other actors!!!! all of you negative critics are bonkers and biased for some unknown reason !! christina should have won an academy award for her performance. her singing and dancing was amazing and her acting was natural and believable.

wake-up critics and take off your tunnel vision glasses.....

Wow I loved that movie. So who ever wrote this reveiw can shut up

I loved this movie!!!!!!

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