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25th September 2009

Summary:

Leg warmers at the ready as dancer-choreographer-director Kevin Tancharoen presents his vibrant remake of the performing arts classic.


At New York City's prestigious School of Performing Arts, students from all walks of life come together to hone their talents and pursue their dreams. But it's not going to be easy for this year's batch of young hopefuls. If they're going to stand out from the crowd, the actors, dancers, singers and artists are going to have to overcome some of the toughest challenges of their young lives. Under the guidance of their teachers (Charles S Dutton, Kelsey Grammar, Megan Mullally, Bebe Neuwirth), the precocious pupils must learn to overcome nerves, self-doubt, competition and heartbreak, all while trying to deal with the ordinary trials of high school life. It's going to take every ounce of talent and determination they've got if they're going to walk away with the biggest prize of them all: fame.

Review:

Don't be fooled by the trailers, Fame is not as dazzling and inspiring as it may seem. Strip away the fancy lighting, music and camera work and you're left with nothing less than a cast of one dimensional, mundane, and unlikeable characters. The movie doesn't give enough time for any of the characters to develop and therefore, I ended up feeling like I barely knew the characters at all, even at the end of the film. I don't even think I could name all of them. The actual script and dialogue is not any better and the plot feels forced and irrelevant to what the movie claims to be about. From the looks of it, no one in the movie is cut out for actual "fame" with the exception of Payne's character who is portrayed as an arrogant and selfish dancer. The cast had a lot of potential to become very likable characters but because of the poor script, their performances fall flat and feel fake. I entered the movie with hopes of being entertained even if it was on a strictly "crowd pleaser" level. I left feeling like I had just wasted an hour and a half of my life learning that "success is love." There are no real resolutions to any of the character's trials and tribulations. Life must suck at this performing arts school because no one learns anything particularly profound or life changing. Don't waste your time with this movie, and if you still want to, at least wait for it to come out on DVD. The large screen, dark theater, and popcorn won't make this movie any better than the dud that it is.