"Salacious, Sensualized Song-and-Dance"
What You Need To Know:
BURLESQUE follows in the footsteps of several salacious song-and-dance musical movies that have gone before it, such as MOULIN ROUGE and CHICAGO. Filled with eye-catching costumes, set pieces and choreography, the movie seems like a series of bawdy music videos with a paint-by-numbers plot line. The real star of the movie is the music. There are several “show-stopping” songs performed by Christina Aguilera and Cher, but the music and the plot take a back seat to the erotic spectacle. The over-sexed dance numbers are incredibly indecent and carnal. The costumes, mostly lingerie worn by the dancers, are obscene and lustful. There is also strong homosexual content and plenty of foul language. For reviews of more acceptable, wholesome movie choices, please visit our website’s search engine at Movieguide.org.
(RoRoRo, PaPa, HoHo, FR, B, C, LLL, V, SS, NN, AA, D, MM) Very strong Romantic worldview with strong pagan elements, strong homosexual worldview includes implied homosexual one-night-stand where the two men cannot remember each other’s names as well as several other homosexual characters, one comment about New Age false religion as character mentions the “universe” bringing good things to her, and forgiveness is depicted between several different characters during the movie’s resolution; about 21 obscenities and 15 profanities; a little bit of shoving between two women and woman shatters another woman’s car window with a tire iron; strong salacious and sexual content includes explicit and seductive Burlesque dancing throughout the movie with women in fishnet stockings, lingerie, etc. moving and dancing seductively while bearing cleavage and midriffs, etc., unmarried pregnancy although the couple later gets married, one dance routine makes a lot of oral sex innuendo, unmarried kissing, implied fornication, man and his fiancé were living together, couple lies in bed together after implied fornication, and implied homosexual fornication as two men do not remember each other’s names from their one-night-stand; lots of cleavage and women dancing in lingerie and thongs, upper male nudity, rear male nudity, and implied full male nudity although man is strategically covered by furniture and a box of cookies; alcohol consumption throughout the movie, drunkenness in several scenes and woman drives drunk; cigarette smoking depicted in several scenes; and, theft, lying, backstabbing and pride.
BURLESQUE is a salacious song-and-dance movie about a talented small-town girl named Ali, played by Christina Aguilera, who moves to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams of fame and fortune. She lands a job at a financially-failing burlesque theatre on the Sunset Strip. With her big voice, Ali brings in the crowds, giving new hope to the club’s owner, played by Cher.
After heading to Los Angeles with nothing more than a pocket full of cash and dreams, Ali quickly finagles her way into a job as a cocktail waitress at the Burlesque, a classic yet financially-failing, vaudeville-style club that is home to a bawdy, musical revue. With stars in her eyes, Ali vows to be part of the club’s revue some day. When one of the dancers gets pregnant, Ali gets her shot as one of the dancers. Then, when the audio goes awry one night and the crowd starts to leave, Ali begins to sing A Cappella. The audience is enraptured with the young starlet’s dynamic singing voice.
Soon, the crowds pour into the nearly bankrupt theatre to hear Ali sing and watch the girls dance. As Ali’s star rises, she must navigate around a jealous cast member (Kristen Bell), a young man who is the bartender at the Burlesque and has caught her eye, and an ambitious entrepreneur who wants to purchase the theatre and turn it into a high-rise. Through it all, Ali sings and dances her way to helping Cher restore the small nightclub to its former glory days.
BURLESQUE follows in the footsteps of several salacious song-and-dance musical movies that have gone before it, such as MOULIN ROUGE and CHICAGO. Filled with eye-catching costumes, set pieces and choreography, the movie seems like a series of bawdy music videos with a paint-by-numbers plot line woven throughout. The real star of the movie is the music. There are several “show-stopping” songs performed by Christina Aguilera and Cher, but the music and the plot take a back seat to the erotic spectacle.
The over-sexed dance numbers are, most times, incredibly indecent and carnal, including one dance number that includes overtly depicted oral sex innuendo. The costumes, mostly lingerie worn by the dancers, are obscene and lustful. The movie has a very strong Romantic worldview as well as a strong pro-homosexual worldview. There is other strong sexual content including implied fornication, and the movie has a lot of foul language. BURLESQUE is one spectacle that media-wise audiences would be well advised to look away.