Rated: PG

Distributed By:

United Artists, MGM

Directed by:

Kevin Tancharoen

Starring:

Naturi Naughton as Denise; Kay Panabaker as Jenny; Kelsey Grammer as Joel Cranston; Megan Mullally as Fran Rowan; Bebe Neuwirth as Lynn Kraft; Charles S. Dutton as Alvin Dowd; Debbie Allen as Principal Simms; Paul Iacono as Neil Baczynsky; Walter Perez as Victor Taveras; Anna Maria Perez de Tagle as Joy; Collins Pennie as Malik; Asher Book as Marco; Paul McGill as Kevin

Adapted From:

Plugged In Online

Fame

It's tryout day at New York's renowned School of Performing Arts, and 10,000 would-be stars compete to fill 200 available slots in the freshman class. We meet a handful of students: Denise, Jenny, Carlos, Malik and Kevin. All have a ton of talent, but huge personal obstacles to overcome. For the next two hours, we follow these students (among others) through four years of high school. All the students have passion and seek one goal: fame.

Positive messages include pushing yourself to get the most out of your God-given talents. Teachers seem to care for and encourage the students through traditional methods. There's also a gospel choir that sings, "What a mighty God we serve."

On the other side, Fame features several dance scenes with girls wearing skimpy outfits. Some of the teens kiss. And the students throw a creepy costume party called a "Carnevil." But the language, disrespect for parents and alcohol use may be the film's biggest problems. The cussing and mature themes (such as suicide) could easily have pushed this movie to a PG-13 rating. 

Overall, Fame has too many trouble spots, too many characters and too little character development. And while some of the performances are good, they're not really much better than what you'd see in the High School Musical movies.

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