|Rating: 6.4/10 (58,266 votes)
Director: Steve Antin
Writer: Steve Antin
Stars: Cher, Christina Aguilera, Eric Dane, Cam Gigandet
Runtime: 119 min
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Released: 24 Nov 2010
|Plot: A small-town girl ventures to Los Angeles and finds her place in a neo-burlesque club run by a former dancer.|
Ali Rose (Aguilera) moves to Los Angeles after she quits her bar job when her boss refuses to pay her. Once in L.A., she tries and fails at every audition she does until one night, she finds herself unknowingly in a burlesque club when she hears the music on the street. She finds Tess (Cher) and the dancers performing “Welcome to Burlesque” and decides to pursue a career on stage once she meets Jack (Gigandet). Jack refers her to Tess for an audition, but is rejected instantly and ushered out by Sean (Tucci). Instead of leaving, Ali begins serving customers at the club as a waitress, while Tess and Sean observe with Jack asking Tess to give Ali a chance.
When Georgia (Hough) becomes pregnant, auditions are held to replace her. Ali begins her audition when everyone leaves, and after performing “Wagon Wheel Watusi”, persuades Tess to allow her to become one of the club’s dancers, much to the annoyance of Nikki (Bell), a performer who is always late and caught drinking before numbers. One day Ali has to replace Nikki on stage because Nikki is too drunk to perform. Nikki sabotages the performance by turning off the music that the dancers usually lip sync to but before the curtain is dropped down, Ali impresses everyone with her amazing singing skills. Tess immediately decides to have Ali be the star of a whole new show at the club. It becomes increasingly popular and Ali enjoys her newfound stardom while Nikki fumes in the background. Despite the club’s growing success, Tess is still unable to pay the bank all the money that she owes it.