Saturday, October 10, 2009

Review: Fame

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Title: Fame
Distributor: United Artists (MGM)
Director: Kevin Tancharoen
Writer(s): Allison Burnett (screenplay), Christopher Gore (1980 film)
Staring: Kay Panabaker, Naturi Naughton, Kherington Payne, Asher Book, Cody Longo, Walter Perez, Collins Pennie, Anna Maria Perez de Tagle, Paul McGill, Paul Iacono
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for thematic material including teen drinking, a sexual situation and language.
Running Time: 107 min (1 hr and 47 min)
Synopsis: An updated version of the 1980 musical, which centered on the students of the New York Academy of Performing Arts.

Other Reviews


Roger Ebert: 2 Stars
Michael Phillips: 2 ½ Stars
EW: Lisa Schwarzbaum: C

Other Sites:

At The Movies: A.O. Scott: NA, Michael Phillips: See It
Rotten Tomatoes: T-Meter: 28% (Rotten), Top Critics: 35% (
Rotten), RT Community: 35% (Rotten)
Metacritic: Critics: 39 out of 100, Users: 5.5 out of 10
MRQE Metric: 47: (0.0% A, 23.3% B, 46.6% C, 27.6% D, and 0.0% F)
Yahoo Movies: Critics: C Users: B-

My Review

Source Material: American musical film which is a loose remake of the 1980 film of the same title.

Acting and Dialogue: C: A little better than the popular High Musical Series.

Art Direction: C: The end had the best art direction.

Cinematography: C: A little too fragmented for my taste.

Direction: C: the movie passing was on the fast side, it was one of those movies that gave you mostly the facts and little detail.

Screenplay: C: Again it seem fragmented, I think there could have been a lot more development on the characters, even with the main characters, I feel a bit disconnected.

Sound and Music: C+: Some catch songs but not as catch as most musicals.

VFX: C: None to commit on

Overall: C: Exception can be the biggest bummer. I expected a lot more from a musical movie but it never happened, so I saying not to see this one, sorry.

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