Fame

Another updating of a film from the 1980s that goes wrong. First off, it is just odd for me that all the films from my formative years are being remade. The original "Fame" film starring Irene Cara was released in 1980. I guess it was tempting to do this one with the success of dance-based shows like "Dancing with the Stars" and "So You Think You Can Dance". Dance has once again become hot, so movies like this keep cropping up.

Young people from all parts of the country come to the Performing Arts High School on audition day. They include dancers, singers, actors, and musicians. At the Performing Arts High School students take a full academic course load plus their arts courses. Each of the students accepted into the school will face their own share of tests and trials during their four years there.

Malik (Collins Pennie – Fired Up!, Prom Night) is an acting student who has to convince his mother that it is not a crazy idea for him to be going to an arts school and personally to try and be less angry. Denise (Naturi Naughton – Notorious) is a music student who is a brilliant pianist, but is not sure she wants to be a classical pianist as her father wishes her to be. All the students learn about the realities of their chosen career paths at an early age.

It is almost like director Kevin Tancharoen (Britney Spears Live From Miami, The Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll) tried to fit as much drama that usually is in a five season run of a television show into 2 hours of film. It ends up feeling rushed and too busy. There is not really sufficient time to get invested in the characters (there are quite a few) or truly care about their stories.

Also what stories there were did not really have the impact they should have because I did not believe that these fairly similar looking and good looking kids had any real problems. They are all too together, hot and cookie cutter to remember any standout performances or even distinguish between them.

Megan Mullally's (from television's Will and Grace) scene stealing "You Took Advantage of Me" at a karaoke bar was the highlight of the film for me. Look for other strong performances by well-known actors like Kelsey Grammar, Bebe Neuwirth and Charles S. Dutton. Also Debbie Allen, well-known choreographer and star of the original film, has a small part in the film.

Special Features:
-Extended Version
-Deleted Scenes
-Fame Music Video
-Remember My Name – Character Profiles
-Fame National Talent Search Finalists
-The Dances of Fame
-Sneak Peeks of Post Grad, All About Steve, Adam, and Watch Romantic Favourites

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