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.
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 will be put to the test. In addition to their artistic goals, they have to deal with everything else that goes along with high school, a tumultuous time full of schoolwork, deep friendships, budding romance, and self-discovery. As each student strives for his or her moment in the spotlight, they'll discover who among them has the innate talent and necessary discipline to succeed. With the love and support of their friends and fellow artists, they'll find out who amongst them will achieve... Fame. … More
|Rating:||PG (for thematic material including teen drinking, a sexual situation and language)|
|Genre:||Drama, Romance, Musical & Performing Arts|
|Directed By:||Kevin Tancharoen|
|Written By:||Aline Brosh McKenna, Michael Gore, Allison Burnett|
|In Theaters:||Sep 25, 2009 Wide|
|On DVD:||Jan 12, 2010|
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as Principal Simms
as Alvin Dowd
as Martin Cranston
as Fran Rowan
as Lynn Kraft
as Joy Moy
as Denise's Dad
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 Hype Man
as Senior Rapper
as Female 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
The high school is so sanitized that there are no drugs, cutthroat competition, or-inconceivably for a theatrical milieu-no gay students.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Some may find it boring and flat, but I found it quite sophisticated and entertaining.
|Malik Washburn:||Mom, I'm talented.|
|Malik's Mom:||And who in the world told you that you were so special?|
|Malik Washburn:||You did.|
|Marco:||She's hot, but she thinks she's like the talented person in the school.|
|Victor Tavares:||So maybe she is.|
|Mr. Martin Cranston:||You have talent. Now let's see what we can do with it.|
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