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Starring: Kelsey Grammer, Bebe Neuwirth
MPAA Rated: PG
Released By: Twentieth Fox Home Entertainment
Kiddie Movie: I doubt that even tweens would be engaged by this movie.
Date Movie: If you ran out of Lunesta this movie might be a generic substitute.
Gratuitous Sex: A bit of kissing is about all you get.
Gratuitous Violence: This movie lacks edginess and some appropriately scripted violence would have helped.
Action: See "Violence."
Laughs: Not even a smile.
Memorable Scene: Lot's of potential but all fall short
Memorable Quote: The movies only saving grace was some dialog between Malik and his mother "Who told you you were special?" "You did."
Directed By: Kevin Tancharoen

Cool Things About the Blu-ray

Learn French! You get the standard English, French, and Spanish choices.
Buy a New TV! Not needed at all
Buy a New Stereo! It's got music, so why not.
Anything Else! The theatrically released version of the movie painfully edits some dance sequences. The Blu-ray kind of restores them but ultimately they still lack a bit of luster

A Blu-ray DVD Review


DVD Rated - PG

It's 1:50 Long

A Review by
Stu Gotz
"Fame" the movie 2009 is based upon the 1980 movie of the same name and is supposed to be an "inspiring story of a group of dances, singers, musicians and actors at the New York City High School of Performing Arts..."  While the movie is the story of a group of dances, singers, musicians, actors AND THEIR TEACHERS at the New York City High School of Performing Arts, I hardly found this movie inspiring.

The shortchanged story lines of this movie attempt to follow the lives of:

  • The Aspiring actress with expression issues" Jenny Garrison, played by the hot and now legal looking Kay Panabaker of Nancy Drew fame.
  • The "Cliché “rich bitch” and "I'm hot and I know it"" Alice played by Kherinton Payne.
  • The "Aspiring composer with a disrespect for anything that isn't hip-hop" Victor played by Walter Perez.
  • The "Just another angry kid from the hood being kept down by 'da man" Malik played by Collins Pennie.
  • The "Piano genius with a hidden and repressed singing talent" Denise played by Naturi Naughton.
  • The "Gullible Martin Scrorcese wannna-be" Neil played by Paul Lacono.
  • The "Doesn't realize he's gay and will never make it professionally" Kevin played by Paul McGill.

And the MILFy Bebe Neuwirth, vampy Megan Mullally, and Fraiser round out the cast...

Now...  Having briefly described only some of the characters, you can add a few brutally edited dance sequences, and you've got the movies premise.  The high school kids of Fame High spend four years (or about 110 minutes) coming out of their shells, coming to terms with their inner angers, getting conned, confronting parents, and at the end of the movie you just don't give a damn and are happy that the movie is over.

I found “Fame” 2009 to be a critically flawed movie that could have been a better movie if it were made into a 3-part mini-series.  I suspect that it was an act of Hollywood vanity that prevented this movie from going to TV and insisted on it being released in theatres, but a TV release would have allowed for more in-depth character development and for dance sequences not to be painfully edited.  Better yet, if it were a mini-series on say Showtime, or HBO, that scenario would have allowed for a darker grittiness in story-telling that would have perhaps earned it an R rating without the need for nudity.

The Blu-ray DVD has an extended version of the movie that appears to add a bit of dialog and eases the butchery taken to the dance sequences, but even with this effort, the movie still fails to deliver.  I think this movie needed more time to tell the story it wanted to tell.  

I cannot recommend Fame as a "See It", "Rent It", or "Catch It On Cable."  My recommendation for Fame is "Miss It, or I suppose 1 star out of 5.

I’m Stu Gotz. ‘nuff said.


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