Burlesque Alternates Between Laughable, Spectacular
- Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Burlesque celebrates determination, grit and a belief in one's own talents and abilities. However, it's also nonjudgmental about all behaviors except Nikki's taste for the bottle. No other positive moral lessons are to be drawn from Burlesque. It's all song and dance, spectacle and camp, and one more memorable role for Cher. It's she, not Aguilera, who anchors Burlesque and reminds us that some singers can be as effective on-screen as they are on stage.
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Language/Profanity: "Baby cakes"; a joke that a woman looks like a drag queen; "boobs"; "b-tch"; "s-it"; "a-s"; "mother of God"; "swear to God"; "go-da-mit"; "pee"; "screwing' around"; "my God"; "f"-word.
Alcohol/Drugs: Ali works at a bar and serves drinks; several characters smoke and drink at different moments throughout the film; one character has a problem with alcohol.
Sex/Nudity: The performance outfits are often very skimpy and revealing, sometimes drawing attention to breasts, nipples, rear ends, without fully exposing them; lots of rump shaking and provocative dancing; cleavage; kissing; gay and straight characters are shown in bed, but no sex acts are depicted; Ali shown in a nightie; Jack shown with a towel wrapped around his waist; later, he walks naked through his apartment, and his rear end is seen; Ali and Jack then sleep together, but the film cuts to them next to each other afterward; Ali dresses over Jack while he lays in bed; a man is called "Mr. One Night Stand"; club art includes nude images; a remembrance of "one drunk night" and a sexual encounter.
Violence/Crime: A woman strikes a car with a blunt object.
Religion/Morals: A woman takes money from a cash register at work, claiming it's owed to her; a woman jokes with her ex-husband about divorce; a woman is called a "goddess"; a character takes his coffee black, "like my soul"; an out of wedlock pregnancy and an engagement.
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