Monday, May 3, 2010

1980 - Fame

This is the first entry in my "Month of Movies" challenge (see earlier post for details on that).

70s/80s movie posters sure did have a lot of text on them.

I’m not sure what I was expecting with this movie. I knew there was a “remake” not too long ago (was it even a remake? It was some PG Disney-type movie and this was an R-rated, pretty harsh movie). I’d also heard about the infamous topless scene near the end of the movie, but that was about it.

High School Musical!

Fame follows a group of high schoolers throughout four years at a school for the performing arts in New York City. It started out more like a risqué High School Musical, then they threw in some Degrassi for good measure. We’re talking love triangles, a possible rape/assault on a 5-year-old girl (thank God that was only mentioned and not shown), eating disorders, coming out as a homosexual, abortion, and of course being taken advantage of by a “movie producer”.

It definitely wasn’t an uplifting movie. I thought it showed a fairly realistic portrayal of kids who put their entire lives on the dream of making it big. In reality, only a very small percentage will actually make it to “fame”. It’s heartbreaking, but it still happens today.
O.J. Simpson

Random thoughts:
-Madonna originally auditioned for a role!
-It won 2 Oscars.
-My favorite scene was the girl who was auditioning for the drama department by playing O.J. Simpson's character from "The Towering Inferno".

3.5/5 - It was interesting, but not good enough to buy or watch again.

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