Burlesque is like a sequin. It's shimmery. It looks best from a distance. It's flat and kind of cheap. And it will likely end up stuck to the bottom of your shoe after a rough night at the club. The main problem with Burlesque is that it's so damned derivative. The first time Ali (Christina Aguilera) sings is exactly like Renee Zellweger's first notes standing at the back of the bar in Chicago. Mimicking Moulin Rouge, one of the first performances is "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend." And Stanley Tucci keeps popping up in the dressing room rambling on about clothes as he did in The Devil Wears Prada. The film also brings to mind Glitter and Showgirls, because Burlesque is poised to join those films in the train wreck hall of fame. Now playing. Area theaters. Visit fandango.com. (Tim Plant)
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