The Burlesque Lounge has its best days behind it. Tess, a retired dancer and owner of the venue, struggles to keep the aging theater alive, facing all kinds of financial and artistic challenges. With the Lounge’s troupe members becoming increasingly distracted by personal problems and a threat coming from a wealthy businessman’s quest to buy the spot from Tess, the good fortune seems to have abandoned the club altogether. Meanwhile, the life of Ali, a small-town girl from Iowa, is about to change dramatically. Hired by Tess as a waitress at the Lounge, Ali escapes a hollow past and quickly falls in love with the art of burlesque. Backed by newfound friends amongst the theater’s crew, she manages to fulfill her dreams of being on stage herself. Things take a dramatic turn though when Ali’s big voice makes her become the main attraction of the revue. Written by Bobby_John
Burlesque stars Christina Aguilera as a small town girl with a big voice and Cher as a maternal entrepreneur who owns a club that does burlesque in Hollywood. But it’s unclear what the exact date is. I suppose it’s now because there are cell phones involved. But it’s sort of not what burlesque is or was. The point is that people are going to go to see Christina Aguilera and Cher. There’s a great supporting cast in it. Alan Cumming, who has essentially nothing to do, Stanley Tucci, who plays the part that apparently he’s always going to play, which is the gay supporting best friend of the powerful woman. The costumes are great. Bob Mackie does his thing. As long as everybody’s singing and dancing, it’s kind of fun. When they try to act, it doesn’t work quite so well. So, I’m not sure why this movie was made. It’ll probably make some money. Some of the lines are really a hoot. I could tell you the plot, except who cares, who knows. There’s a subplot about Christine’s, who is now called Ali, as in Alice in Wonderland, boyfriend who is a cute Cam Gigandet , who is a bartender musician that she mistakenly thinks is gay. This is kind of silly popcorn. The dance is fun. I think this is a Chicago or Cabaret wannabe, and it doesn’t quite work out. But it is — you’ll enjoy the dance sequences and there’s at least one good song in it. Two and a half stars.