Burlesque, starring Christina Aguilera and Cher, opens in theaters nationwide Wednesday, November 24, 2010.
Ali (played by Christina Aguilera) is a small-town girl with a big voice who escapes hardship and an uncertain future 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 (played by Cher), the club’s proprietor and headliner. Burlesque’s outrageous costumes and bold choreography enrapture the young ingenue, who vows to perform there one day. Soon enough, Ali builds a friendship with a featured dancer, finds an enemy in a troubled, jealous performer, and garners the affection of Jack, a bartender and fellow musician. With the help of a sharp-witted stage manager and gender-bending host, Ali makes her way from the bar to the stage. Her spectacular voice restores The Burlesque Lounge to its former glory, though not before a charismatic entrepreneur arrives with an enticing proposal.
The cast of Burlesque includes Cher, Christina Aguilera, Eric Dane, Cam Gigande, Julianne Hough, Alan Cumming, Peter Gallagher, Kristen Bell, Stanley Tucci and Dianna Agron.
Reviews of Burlesque from the critics were not the most favorable.
“This one is strictly for Cher fans who like their campy shtick loud, lewd and ludicrous. But the biggest problem among many is that it’s not her movie. She’s hardly in it.” -Rex Reed, New York Observer
“An overwrought, underwritten hootchy-kootchy tuner that desperately wants to be Cabaret, but lacks the edge and historical context to pull it off.” -Peter Debruge, Variety
“There’s a chance you’ll like the film. Perhaps if you’re Christina Aguilera’s mom or the spirit of Sonny Bono reincarnated as a person who can tolerate awful movies.” -Phil Villarreal, OK! Magazine
Check out the Burlesque movie trailer below.
Burlesque is rated PG-13 for sexual content including several suggestive dance routines, partial nudity, language and some thematic material.
See photos from the Burlesque premiere below.