Fame (2009)

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Critic Consensus: Fame is ultimately undone by its choppy editing, its incomplete characterizations, and its apparent desire to appeal to the High School Musical generation.


Movie Info

A reinvention of the original Oscar (R)-winning hit film, "Fame" follows a talented group of dancers, singers, actors, and artists over four years at the New York City High School of Performing Arts, a diverse, creative powerhouse where students from all walks of life are given a chance to live out their dreams and achieve real and lasting fame...the kind that comes only from talent, dedication, and hard work. In an incredibly competitive atmosphere, plagued by self-doubt, each student's passion … More

Rating: PG (for thematic material including teen drinking, a sexual situation and language)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Musical & Performing Arts
Directed By:
Written By: Aline Brosh McKenna, Michael Gore, Allison Burnett
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 12, 2010
Box Office: $22.4M
Runtime:

Cast


as Marco

as Principal Simms

as Martin Cranston

as Fran Rowan

as Lynn Kraft

as Victor

as Denise's Dad

as Andy

as Denise's Mom

as Malik's Mom

as Alice's Mom

as Alice's Dad

as Neil's Dad

as Music Executive

as Dance Teacher

as Mr. Cranston's Assis...

as Brooklyn Boy

as Senior Rapper

as Female Singer

as Karaoke Singer

as Film Set PA

as Camera Shop Clerk

as Singing Homeless Man

as Korean Boy
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Critic Reviews for Fame

All Critics (120) | Top Critics (35)

The high school is so sanitized that there are no drugs, cutthroat competition, or-inconceivably for a theatrical milieu-no gay students.

Full Review… | October 2, 2009
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Members of the class of '80 struggled to stay in school despite homelessness and crime; the greatest crisis in '09 finds a student's Sesame Street work schedule affecting her GPA.

Full Review… | October 1, 2009
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Kevin Tancharoen's remake of "Fame" is a flat, lifeless experience that is missing the emotion required to get us involved with the characters and their situations.

Full Review… | September 24, 2012
Examiner.com

This film showed a darker side of high school life and the performing arts. Some scenes are hard to watch, but that's because they are so real.

Full Review… | July 21, 2012
7M Pictures

The pageantry really is very nice, especially the dance numbers, but as soon as the music stops, so does Fame. It's not the worst remake ever made, it's not even really very bad, just stodgily, repressively mediocre.

Full Review… | March 22, 2011
ComingSoon.net

Fails to make a significant mark.

Full Review… | October 29, 2010

Audience Reviews for Fame

This movie is shot like a documentary following a group of teenagers from their auditions to their graduation from the Performing Arts school in New York. It is not as wholesome as High School Musical, nor is it as gritty as the original Fame movie. The music is modern and relevant for today's reality TV addicts. Good movie.

thmtsang
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

I wasn't a huge fan of the original film but I did enjoy the TV series that came after. This remake of the film is hugely pointless because it adds nothing to the original. It does have good scenes though but unfortunately they always seem to be undone by what happens next. The second half of the film seems so half-hearted and the grand finale is far from grand. The casting of Charles S. Dutton , Kelsey Grammer , Megan Mullally and Bebe Neuwirth was interesting and was one of the reasons I watched but ultimately they were wasted. If you loved the original you might like it though, for me it was nothing new.

SirPant
Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

½

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.

MeetMeinMontauk
Jennifer D

Super Reviewer

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