Fame (2009)


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.


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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.

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Debbie Allen
as Principal Simms
Kelsey Grammer
as Martin Cranston
Megan Mullally
as Fran Rowan
Bebe Neuwirth
as Lynn Kraft
Julius Tennon
as Denise's Dad
April Grace
as Denise's Mom
Michael Hyatt
as Malik's Mom
Laura Johnson
as Alice's Mom
James Read
as Alice's Dad
Howard Gutman
as Neil's Dad
Dale Godboldo
as Music Executive
J.T. Horenstein
as Dance Teacher
Stephanie Mace
as Mr. Cranston's Assistant
Patrick Censoplano
as Brooklyn Boy
Marcus Hopson
as Senior Rapper
Tynisha Keli
as Female Singer
Kate Mulligan
as Karaoke Singer
Donnie Smith
as Film Set PA
Earl Carroll
as Camera Shop Clerk
Oren Waters
as Singing Homeless Man
Tim Jo
as Korean Boy
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Critic Reviews for Fame

All Critics (120) | Top Critics (34)

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

Oct 2, 2009 | Full Review…

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.

Oct 1, 2009 | Full Review…

There are enough hoary soap-operatic plottings for a thousand Gossip Girls (emotionally distant parents, almost-rapes, suicide attempts), yet Tancharoen individualizes each crisis so that no one character comes off as a mock-universal surrogate.

Sep 30, 2009 | Rating: 3/5
Time Out
Top Critic

I don't mind the cornball and I don't mind the clichés, but I just think that the thing has to be executed a little better than this.

Sep 28, 2009

It's almost fatally modest. But it has a sweet spirit, and it offers only one true moment of inadvertent camp: a (lame) finale featuring an African dance routine completely at odds with all the white bread we've just been served.

Sep 25, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4

There are six new songs in the remake, but not one makes any impact, or is likely to end up as the ring tone of 2010.

Sep 25, 2009 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Fame


An underrated remake of a great film with new characters dealing with personal conflicts and following their dream to become a famous star, and while the first hour is engaging, I am glad that the film doesn't get ruined by that lame Broadway-like ending.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer


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.

Jennifer D
Jennifer D

Super Reviewer

Some may find it boring and flat, but I found it quite sophisticated and entertaining.

Jason Lalljee
Jason Lalljee

Super Reviewer

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