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Coco, Bruno and Leroy have left the building: New 'Fame' is just lame




A lot of '80s fans probably had high hopes for 2009 remake of Fame. We adored the original (even if it doesn't stand up as well over time) and the TV show it spawned. But at least according to our film critic here, the new Fame is just lame.

"Nearly 30 years later, Fame - both the remake and stardom itself - is so arbitrarily dispensed that nothing about it seems credible," writes Steve Persall in his review today. "Rather than discovery, we sense desperation in trying to stand out among the high school musicals and saved last dances that are now clichés. There's certainly talent in the cast but it's packaged for easy dissemination as music videos and YouTube downloads."

Yikes. Persall told me earlier today that the dancing and singing segments are entertaining enough, but when the music stops, so does the enjoyment. The dialog? Just painful.

"The new, unimproved Fame won't live forever except in DVD cutout bins, and remembering anyone's name will be a chore," Persall wrote.

The movie opens nationwide on Friday, Sept. 25. Click here for his full review. Also, click here to see where the original cast of the movie is today.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:51pm]


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