Cher's comeback is stillborn, apparently, and Christina Aguilera's film career is also dead on the tracks. "It's been a while since I've seen a stinker as obvious as Burlesque," Marshall Fine posted this morning. "As a colleague and I noted afterward, it made us long for something as coherent and restrained as Showgirls. Or Glitter. Not that there's all that much difference.
"Burlesque is Showgirls without the redemptively gratuitous sex and nudity. Or 42nd Street without the originality," he adds. "The script is free of credible friction or jeopardy. The club shows look like post-Bob Fosse knock-offs. There's nary a surprise to be had, except for Christina Aguilera's apparent misconception that she has acting talent. And that's not really so surprising."
Other critics were chiming in on a recently launched awards-season chatroom.
"Thanks to Burlesque we now have the answer to the question 'which film ended the film careers of both Christina Aguilera and Cher?,'" one guy said. "Holy FRACK...did anyone see Burlesque?," another exclaimed. "Crossroads with Britney Spears was better, for God's sake. " "Yeah, I saw it," a colleague commented, "in a screening room full of critics who were laughing out loud at every other line...except for the jokes."
"I had a friend who was an insider at Screen Gems who told me months ago -- I'm not making this up -- that Clint Culpepper was gearing Burlesque up as their entry for the Oscars and wanting to get Cher another nomination...it was hard not to remember that as I watched that piece of crap."
Another guy said, "Aaah, c'mon -- Burlesque was fun. it's totally disposable and derivative, sure. but it had some fun moments (mostly thanks to Cher and Stanley Tucci). I guess it's the type of movie that critics love to savage regardless of whether or not it's fun for what it is."
In response to this a colleague wrote, "Stop it...stop it right now. It is not fun. It is pure torture aside from the unintentional laughter. How dare that movie be a full two hours filled up with absolutely nothing!?"