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Cher, Christina Aguilera, Eric Dane, Cam Gigandet and Julianne Hough

Rated: PG-13 for language, sexy dancing and partial nudity
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: November 24, 2010 Released by: Sony Pictures

If you're looking for a film thats a throw back to those old musicals where a small town girl goes to the big city to make it big, then Burlesque might be for you.

  The girl with the big dreams is Ali, played by Christina Aguilera, who makes her debut.  She has a pretty face and a great voice, but her acting skills are lacking.

Ali moves to Los Angeles and gets a job waitressing at the Burlesque Lounge, where she quickly gets a prominent spot on stage.  Legendary Cher plays Tess, the owner and star of the place.  Its great to see her on screen again.  She has some good scenes with Stanley Tucci who plays her stage manager and although Aguilera is the lead here, there's no overshadowing Cher when they're on screen together.

Kristen Bell as a troubled performer and Cam Gigandet (Easy A and Twilight) costar.

Writer-director Steven Antin delivers razzle dazzle with the dance numbers, but there's no memorable songs or story to take away, and it just looks like a series of music videos pieced together.

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