December 2, 2010

Get Reel with Wendy

Movie Review

— Burlesque

starring Cher & Christina Aguilera

Ali (Christina Aguilera) is a small-town girl with a big voice who escapes hardship and an uncertain future to follow her dreams to LA.

Tess (Cher), the club's proprietor and headliner, who is fighting her own battle to keep Burlesque from being replaced by yet another tower.

After stumbling upon The Burlesque Lounge, a majestic but ailing theater that is home to an inspired musical revue, Ali forces a job as a cocktail waitress from Tess with hopes to. Burlesque's outrageous costumes and bold choreography enrapture the young ingenue, who vows to perform there one day. Soon enough, Ali builds a friendship with a featured dancer, finds an enemy in a troubled, jealous performer, and garners the affection of Jack, a bartender and fellow musician. With the help of a sharp-witted stage manager and gender-bending host, Ali makes her way from the bar to the stage. Her spectacular voice restores The Burlesque Lounge to its former glory, though not before a charismatic entrepreneur arrives with an enticing proposal.

This is a great combination of Moulan Rouge and Coyote Ugly.  You get the opportunity to dream BIG with Ali and hope for the happy ending for Tess.

Trivia:  What is Cher’s birth given name?

Love & Other Drugs

starring Anne Hathaway

& Jake Gyllenhaal

Maggie (Anne Hathaway) is an alluring free spirit who won't let anything, including a formidable personal challenge, tie her down.  She is 26 years old with Parkinson Disease, who loves being an artist.  

But she meets her match in Jamie Randall (Jake Gyllenhaal), whose relentless and nearly infallible charm serves him well with the ladies and in the cutthroat world of pharmaceutical sales.

Maggie and Jamie's evolving relationship takes them both by surprise, as they find themselves under the influence of the ultimate drug: love.

Definitely a “chick flick” that most guys would find themselves enjoying…

MPAA Rating:  R for strong sexual content, nudity, pervasive language, and some drug material.

Trivia:  What drug was Jamie first assigned to sell?


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