Burlesque | Indy Week


Rated PG-13 119 min. 2010

The current burlesque revival yearns for the days when skin shows had "class." Did this time ever exist? Madonna validated the idea that women can exploit themselves sexually and remain in control, but there is still something a little queasy-making about the objectification that is sentimentalized in Burlesque. Christina Aguilera, who has become passé in Lady Gaga's gigantic shadow, needs a new direction for her career, but this seems a misstep. Writer-director Steven Antin (from The Goonies, really?) has assembled a congealed mish-mash of every rags-to-riches show biz tale that ever was, a T-&-A 42nd Street. His confection is more like a loss leader for iTunes downloads than a film, or a very special slutty episode of Glee.

Film Credits

Official Site: www.burlesque-movie.com

Director: Steve Antin

Writer: Steve Antin

Producer: Donald De Line

Cast: Cher, Christina Aguilera, Eric Dane, Cam Gigandet, Julianne Hough, Peter Gallagher, Alan Cumming, Kristen Bell and Stanley Tucci

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