Well, you get the idea. These characters are pretty one-note, and the stakes are ultimately pretty low. Really, the only performances that prevent the movie from being a total waste of time are those from the actors you've already heard of before—Megan Mullally (Will and Grace) and Kelsey Grammer (Frasier). As the teachers and mentors empowered with the task of guiding these young students toward their creative destinies, they strike the right sensitive-meets-inspiring note every time. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for the movie's script—which is thin on inspiration, virtually guaranteeing that Fame version 2.0 won't live forever in any audience's minds.

CAUTIONS:

  • Drugs/Alcohol:  Teen drinking throughout. One of the students gets drunk because she thought it was good for "life experience" and later appears in her friend's movie in her inebriated state.
  • Language/Profanity:  A couple of mild profanities including one instance where the Lord's name is taken in vain.
  • Sex/Nudity:  A naïve student hoping to win a role on a TV show is almost seduced by the smarmy leading man. Nothing too gratuitous is shown. There are also a few sensuous dance scenes with skimpy costumes to boot.
  • Violence:  A student contemplates throwing himself on to the subway track after he's told he'll never make it a professional dancer. The gang-related shooting of another character's sister is described in full detail.

Christa Banister is a full-time freelancer writer, specializing in music, movies and books-related reviews and interviews and is the author of two novels, Around the World in 80 Dates and Blessed Are the Meddlers. Based in St. Paul, Minn., she also weighs in on various aspects of pop culture on her personal blog

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