12 certificateBurlesque is a Film programme that first aired in 2010 and has been classified a 12 certificate.

Burlesque is a 3 star programme

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Burlesque (2010)

Directed by
Steve Antin

Ambitious Iowa girl Ali (Christina Aguilera) is fed up with her small-town waitressing job, so throws in the teatowel to chase stardom in glamorous LA. Upon her arrival, she gets work waiting tables in a struggling burlesque club, run by tough-talking Tess (Cher) and her wryly witty friend Sean (Stanley Tucci).

Dazzled by the bright lights, and copious sequins, Ali talks her way into dancing in one of The Burlesque Lounge's extravagant shows. Lacking the polish of the pros, however, she fails to convince the sceptical Tess of her potential, until a spontaneous lungbusting vocal solo reveals where her talents really lie.

Winning maximum marks for camp value, this so-bad-it's-brilliant musical takes a ridiculously cliched plot and sprinkles it with fun, glamour and some serious star power.

Presumably cast for her singing skills rather than aptitude for acting, Aguilera makes a surprisingly good go of her first starring role. Cher, meanwhile, is well cast, even if her Oscar-calibre acting ability is restricted by some off-puttingly obvious facial nips and tucks. A charming Cam Gigandet provides the eye candy as barman, and love interest, Jack, with Eric Dane his slimy rival for Ali's heart.

Kristen Bell features as a bitchy rival performer, while Alan Cumming pops up as an androgynous singing doorman.

With a soundtrack including Diane Warren's Golden Globe-winning You Haven't Seen The Last of Me performed by Cher, Burlesque is destined to become a guilty pleasure for fans of gleefully cheesy musical fun.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 135 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2010

3/5 Stars

Classification: 12 Certificate

Production Country: USA

Filmed in Colour


Image for CherCher...Tess
Image for Christina AguileraChristina Aguilera...Ali
Image for Eric DaneEric Dane...Marcus
Image for Stanley TucciStanley Tucci...Sean
Image for Cam GigandetCam Gigandet...Jack
Image for Alan CummingAlan Cumming...Alexis
Image for Julianne HoughJulianne Hough...Georgia
Image for Pete GallagherPete Gallagher...Vince
Image for Kristen BellKristen Bell...Nikki
Dianna Agron...Natalie
Glynn Turman...Harold Saint
David Walton...Mark the DJ
Terrence Jenkins...Dave
Chelsea Traille...Coco
Tanee McCall...Scarlett