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      Fame

      2009, Drama/Musical, 1h 47m

      121 Reviews 100,000+ Ratings

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      Fame is ultimately undone by its choppy editing, its incomplete characterizations, and its apparent desire to appeal to the High School Musical generation. Read critic reviews

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      At New York's High School of Performing Arts, students (Asher Book, Kristy Flores, Paul Iacono) from all walks of life get the chance to hone their skills as singers, actors, dancers and more. Over four years, these young men and women will see if they truly have the dedication and talent to achieve success, while still juggling regular schoolwork, feelings of self-doubt and budding romances.

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      • Dec 02, 2010

        watchable, but the original is way better

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      • Nov 25, 2010

        I think that when a film is remade, the original is somehow labeled "ideal". Here's what I liked: the updated dance numbers. I might be crazy, but when I watch a musical, I want something fantastical. Shiny and flashy. The original... eh. The remake, yeah! And I liked that one kid actually wanting to kill himself. Much more realistic and teen-y. And Megan Mullally and Kelsey Grammer. Yes. Here's what I didn't like: the acting. Oh boy. Yeah. Ouch. Not all actors were atrociously, but most of the leads were just not there. And as one critic pointed out: the total lack of drugs and gays. Even the original Fame was more daring than that. Overall, I think it was meh. The original crammed more character and more story into it, but this was more fun as musical type of film.

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      • Aug 19, 2010

        You know, I like the whole dancing, choreography, and just plain music. But it simply was short in plot, which should obviously be the most important part of the film per-se. Too many scenes were left incomplete; and alas, the movie itself incomplete.

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      • Aug 09, 2010

        Something big happened to the pop cultural landscape since the first Fame bowed nearly 30 years ago…namely MTV. In a way, MTV’s mainstreaming of the music video format – juxtaposing lickety split editing and a barrage of different filming styles over pop tunes – changed all of H’Wood let alone the musical genre. Surprisingly, Fame for the post-MTV Generation does not plug into the knat’s-attention-span histrionics of High School Musical. Rather, it tries to be more pointed as opposed to a disposable-reference-in-waiting like, sadly, its dated predecessor eventually became. This becomes even more surprising when one considers that its director cut his teeth directing MTV programming. Still, for all of this remake’s attention to detail, moviegoers never get fully invested in the characters, which proves problematic for a musical that beseeches us to “Remember my name.” In this PG-rated musical, New York City’s High School of Performing Arts students (Naughton, Panabaker, et al) compete to live out their dreams. Spit valves emptying. Vocal class warm-ups. Drama class exercises. Dotting the movie with these slice-of-performance-life touches certainly endears the work to the audience, especially when the material opens onto the wider fact-of-performance-life spectrum of failed auditions and casting couches. Director Kevin Tancharoen has an attention to detail but oftentimes paints with broad brushstrokes. When “Sophomore Year” plays across the screen, John Q. Moviegoer already feels like he is getting a 4-year degree through a 10-week correspondence school. Some of the characters seem paper doll-thin but their superb musical performances make a definite connection. For that alone, they deserve more screen time. Bottom Line: Never learns how to fly…high or otherwise.

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