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Bad Ass

Posted in Action/Adventure, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , on June 13, 2016 by Mystery Man


Decorated Vietnam hero Frank Vega returns home only to get shunned by society leaving him without a job or his high school sweetheart. It’s not until forty years later when an incident on a commuter bus (where he protects an elderly black man from a pair of skin heads) makes him a local hero where he’s suddenly turns for the worse when his best friend Klondike is murdered and the police aren’t doing anything about it.

What people are saying:

“I had no idea this movie was based on the Epic Beard Man video, but it is, from the “I am a motherfucker” shirt, to the fanny pack. There is even gratuitous use of the term “leakin'” to refer to bleeding and a call for someone to “bring a amberlamps.” This movie is filled with horrible acting and abhorrent one-liners. The plot is 84 minutes of nonsense poorly twisted and woven throughout a 6 minute Youtube video. I wish I had just watched the original video, which I’ve already seen countless times, nonstop consecutively for 90 minutes instead of watching this. I’m honestly surprised I watched the entire thing.” 1/2 star

“Let’s include everything from a youtube video and use it as a theme for a film…

Wait… it has to have terrible dialogue and a battle with buses.

Of course… sounds like a brilliant idea.” 1 star

“Love the spaghetti gangster stuff, Danny is a 71 year old Jason Statham. Imagine 25 years later … when you are on social security and bored and a Nam vet … why not. Every bit as good as a senior citizen James Bond.” 4 1/2 stars

“Good film..really enjoyed it…tonight I watched 3 top Hollywood blockbusters battleship,the dictator and the raven and this one low budget unheard of film called bad ass was by far the best one….it’s nothing spectacular but it’s entertaining good story and best of all the good film” 3 stars

“You think your a bad ass, I think not. You are know BADASS. Not as bad ass as this film. This movie is so frigging awesome. Its like they took and old Charles Bronson film and smacked it with transporter, and sprinkled it was the best way to actually be one of those b movies that just kicks your ass. Its nice to see a cool small flick like this that just is what it is. Finally a movie that doesn’t need a car to be cool, just a transit pass on the bus to kick your ass. Machete, HellBoy, Fortune, I know who they really are, and a lot of other talent in this film makes it a lot of fun too watch.” 5 stars

A Low Down Dirty Shame

Posted in Action/Adventure, Comedy, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , on July 25, 2012 by Mystery Man


Andre Shame (Wayans) is a private detective formerly of the LAPD, who left the force after failing to crack the case on drug lord Ernesto Mendoza (Andrew Divoff). The investigation of Mendoza’s case was a personal one for Shame, as his ex-girlfriend Angela (Salli Richardson) was caught in the middle of a love triangle with the two men. Years later, Sonny Rothmiller (Dutton), Shame’s ex-colleague who is now working for the DEA, tells him that the Mendoza case is being re-opened, and though he has his doubts, Shame decides the case is too intriguing to pass on, and tells Sonny to count him in. The situation gets rather complicated when Shame’s old flame Angela resurfaces in his life, and he also realizes that some of his allegiances aren’t what, or whom, they seem to be on the surface.


For some reason, the Wayans brothers are capable of being hilarious comedic actors and decent enough action stars. Take for instance Keenen Ivory Wayans…in A Low Down Dirty Shame, he gives us some laughs, but also kicks ass and takes names, all without sacrificing the quality of the picture. Did the rest of film deserve similar accolades?

What did I like?

Shaft-ish. Shame seems to be a rip-off of Shaft, or at least he is when he shaves his head and puts on the long coat. As a fan of Samuel L. Jackson’s Shaft, I thought that maybe I wasn’t going to be a fan, but as it turns out, I wasn’t appalled in the least, but rather it fit the character and tone of the film.

Flame on. There is this gay roommate who is actually the funniest part of the film. Yes, he even upstaged Keenen in the funny department! We all know how funny the gays can be, especially in the early 90s when stereotypes ran rampant, and this is a classic case of that. The stereotypical behavior, though, mixed with this guys comedic timing, make for a great character. It really is such a shame that he died of pneumonia before this film was released. I bet he would have gone on to bigger and better things.

Action comedy. Some films try to mix action and comedy, but don’t find a nice balance between the two. This film doesn’t exactly give us a blueprint for mixing them, but it does do a great job of making the funny parts funny and the action parts exciting.

Eureka. While I didn’t particular care for her character, I have to give props to Salli Richardson. You may know her from Black Dynamite or the TV show Eureka. This film was released in 1994 and she doesn’t look like she’s aged a day. As a matter of fact, she looks like a clone of Pam Grier, but she doesn’t fight like her.

What didn’t I like?

Plot. A corrupt DEA agent working for the bad guy who was supposedly killed years ago. Yes, we’ve heard this story, or at least parts of it before many, many times before. I just wish they would have come up with something more original to throw in the mix. There is only so much of the same old, same old one can take.

Jada. There are very few things I actually like her in. She may be a looker, but as an actress, she is downright annoying. Granted, this character is supposed to be the annoying sidekick, which is fine and dandy, but I think she went a bit too far with the annoying part, at least in my opinion.

All in all, A Low Down Dirty Shame is a pretty good film with plenty of enjoyable moments. This is one of those films that makes you wonder why they don’t them like this anymore. With all the dark, heavy films out there nowadays, it is good to go back and watch something much lighter and just plain fun to watch. I highly recommend this.

3 3/4 out of 5 stars

Mississippi Masala

Posted in Drama, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on October 26, 2011 by Mystery Man


A third-generation Ugandan Indian family residing in Kampala, is expelled from the country in 1972 by the Idi Amin regime. The father, Jay (Roshan Seth) moves with wife, Kinnu (Sharmila Tagore) and daughter, Mina (Sarita Choudhury) to Greenwood, Mississippi to live with family members who own a chain of motels there. Kinnu obtains work in a liquor store.

In 1990, 24-year-old Mina, who cleans at Anil’s (Ranjit Chowdhry) family’s motel (the Monte Cristo), falls in love with Demetrius (Denzel Washington), a local African American self-employed carpet cleaner. The respective families erupt in turmoil after the pair are discovered and confronted by members of the Indian family during a clandestine weekend of pleasure in Biloxi.

Ultimately, the two families cannot come to terms with the interracial pair, who flee the state together in Demetrius’ van. After a brief return to Kampala to attend a court proceeding on the disposition of his confiscated Ugandan house, Jay relinquishes his long-nurtured dream of returning to Uganda, the place he considered home.


What’s this? A film about race that isn’t racist? Is that even possible? Wait…Spike Lee’s grubby little hands aren’t anywhere near this, so of course it is!

Mississippi Masala is a film about the trials and tribulations of an African-American man and an Indian American woman in the backwoods of Mississippi.

This is one powerful film. It starts out dealing with the Indian people being forced out of Africa by some dictator. Throughout the film, there ar a few flashbacks, but mainly , the father is trying to get back to his home.

Then we have the racial tension. This is Mississippi, so if you’re not white, you’re automatically going to be looked down upon. It is still like that today in some parts. Such a shame!

Finally, there is a little speech that Denzel gives to the girl’s father that basically says that the Indians aren’t but a shade or two lighter than him, yet they seem to think they’re white as snow and look down on him, even though he owns his own business and isn’t a thug. One of the best lines in the film, in my opinion.

This is one of the dramas that will really make you think. Just because two people aren’t of the same color, do we really have the right to interfere in their lives because their love isn’t “normal”. Did we learn nothing from Romeo & Juliet?

The director did a great job getting that point across without getting preachy or all racist with things. She also showed both sides of the spectrum and a little bit of the white side, but since none of the major characters were white, there really was no need to dwell on that view, in my opinion.

Spike Lee should take a hint from this woman on how to make these “race” films. Everything does not revolve around the black man, as it does in his warped mind, apparently.

The pacing of this film I felt could have been a little better. I realize this is a drama and not a fast-paced action flick, but there were times when it just felt like they weren’t doing anything other than spinning their wheels , and that should not be the case. The filmmakers should have just moved that scene along, or if it wasn’t working, put it on the cutting room floor.

Denzel Washington, as always, is a consummate professional. He delivers a powerful performance and, if I didn’t know otherwise, I’d think he was from Mississippi.

Sarita Choudhury gives a pretty good performance as the rebellious Mina. I don’t know. There is just something about her look that doesn’t make think she’s Indian, even though she , and it took away from the film whenever she was on, with the exception of a couple of scenes.

In the end, Mississippi Masala can best be described as another version of Jungle Fever (not sure which came first), but without all the racist overtones. Sure, this film has its issues, but at its heart, it is very powerful, yet simplistic film. I highly recommend this as a must-see before you die.

4 out of 5 stars


Posted in Classics, Drama, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on September 11, 2010 by Mystery Man


Daniel Eugene “Rudy” Ruettiger grows up in Joliet, Illinois, dreaming of playing college football at the University of Notre Dame. While achieving some success with his local high school team (Joliet Catholic), he lacks the grades and money to attend Notre Dame, not to mention talent and physical size. Ruettiger was much smaller than an average football player, weighing 165 lb (75 kg) and standing just 5’6″ (1.68 m) tall.

Ruettiger takes a job at a local steel mill like his father Daniel Ruettiger, Sr. (a Notre Dame fan); he prepares to settle down. But when his best friend Pete is killed in an explosion there, the youth decides to follow his dream of attending Notre Dame and playing for the Fighting Irish.

He leaves for the campus, but fails to get admitted to Notre Dame. He starts studies at a small junior college nearby, hoping to qualify for a transfer. He also manages to get a part-time job on Notre Dame’s groundskeeping staff and befriends D-Bob (Favreau), a graduate student at Notre Dame and a teaching assistant at his junior college. The socially-awkward D-Bob offers to tutor Rudy if he helps him meet girls. Suspecting an underlying cause to Ruettiger’s previous academic problems, D-Bob has Rudy tested, and Rudy learns that he has dyslexia. Rudy learns how to overcome his disability and becomes a better student. At Christmas vacation, Rudy returns home to his family’s appreciation of his report card.

During his final semester of transfer eligibility, Rudy is admitted to Notre Dame. He rushes home to tell his family. At the steel mill, his father announces it over the loudspeaker, “Hey, you guys, my son’s going to Notre Dame!” After “walking on” as a non-scholarship player for the football team, Ruettiger convinces coach Ara Parseghian to give him a spot on the practice (or “scout”) squad. An assistant coach warns the players that 35 scholarship players won’t make the roster. But, Ruettiger exhibits more drive than some of his scholarship teammates.

Parseghian agrees to the boy’s request to suit up for one home game in his senior year so his family and friends can see him as a member of the team. But, Parseghian steps down as coach following the 1974 season. After Dan Devine’s arrival as head coach in 1975, he decides against giving Ruettiger a chance to appear at a home game. Led by team captain and All-American Roland Steele, the players rise to his defense and convince Devine to let Ruettiger suit up.

At the final home game, Ruettiger is suited up and one of the captains invites him to lead the team out of the tunnel onto the playing field. As the game comes to an end Devine refuses to let Rudy play, so his team starts a “Rudy!” chant that soon goes stadium wide with Rudy’s family in the stands.

Coach Devine lets Rudy play on the final kickoff. He stays in for the final play of the game and sacks the opposing quarterback, and is carried off on the shoulders of his teammates.


In my review for Major League, you may recall that I mentioned with the start of football season, I should be watching this film. Well, I took my own advice and finally sat down ad watched Rudy.

I won’t comment on the current controversy surrounding this film stirred up by Joe Montana and others that were actually involved with it, other than to say this is a biopic. Certain things were changed to make good cinema. If you don’t like it, then you don’t have to watch it.

Now, when I was growing up, I was a die hard Michigan fan (I think I was brainwashed by Square One). These days my heart lies with the Texas Longhorns, but I still have a bit of love for the Wolverines. So, you can imagine, I’m not exactly a fan of the Fighting Irish. I belive this is why I didn’t check this flick out until now, but there comes a time when you just have to get over personal bias.

Rudy is based on the life of Rudy Ruettiger, a guy who wanted to do nothing more than play for Notre Dame. The film chronicles his journey to that goal and all the trials and tribulations he had to endure along the way.

I like to call this a non-football football film, because while it is mainly about Rudy’s dream to play football, there really aren’t too many football scenes, in comparison to other football flicks.

The writing on this picture is excellent. The story is just dramatic enough to keep those that are only going to see this because it is about football interested. The few football scenes are there, obviously, because he’s trying to be a football player. There is also a bit of comedy and an early tragedy, so you get a little bit of everything in this picture.

Casting was pretty good. Sean Astin makes a good Rudy, mainly because of his height. Although, I wasn’t sold on his acting. Something about him rubbed me the wrong way. Maybe it was the way he seemed to keep whining about not getting into Notre Dame to play football, while not realizing he was getting an education. Something infinitely more important.

Jon Favreau surprised me by being in this picture. I wager this had to be one of his early roles, because he looks noticeably different than he does today (look at the gut). He provides some great comic relief for the film, as well as a friend to Rudy. I have to wonder, though, if his character was real or made up just for the sake of the film. He just seemed a bit over the top.

Charles S. Dutton does what he does best, provide a level-headed mentoring voice of reason in a low paying job. I hate to put it that way, but that’s the way it is. Hands down Dutton gives the best performance in this film.

Notre Dame is the real star of this flick, though. The school is heavily features, especially the stadium and a couple of historical, prolific Irish coaches, Ara Parseghian and Dan Devine.

If I have an issue with this flick, it is that it takes too long to really get going. The short scene at the beginning is nice, as it gives us a bit of a background on Rudy and his friends and brothers, as well as the love for Notre Dame his dad had, but I just didn’t see the need to drag out more details for a good 30-45 minutes just to give us the same amount of background on these characters we could have gotten from a nice little 15 mintue (tops) flashback scene.

As far as feel good sports movies go, Rudy is up there with such classics as The Natural. While it could be better, it is closer to perfection that many would admit it is. I highly recommend this film to everyone!

4 1/2 out of 5 stars


Posted in Action/Adventure, Drama, Horror, Movie Reviews, Sci-Fi/Fantasy with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 14, 2010 by Mystery Man


The Archangel Michael (Paul Bettany) falls to Earth in Los Angeles, cuts off his wings, and raids a Korean imports store for a cache of automatic weapons. Confronted by two LAPD officers, one becomes possessed and kills the other. Michael kills the possessed cop and steals his car.

At a roadside diner and garage near the edge of the Mojave Desert are the diner’s owner, Bob Hanson (Dennis Quaid), his son Jeep (Lucas Black), the short-order cook Percy (Charles S. Dutton) and a pregnant waitress, Charlie (Adrianne Palicki). Also present is a single father on his way to L.A., Kyle (Tyrese Gibson); an urban married couple, Howard and Sandra Anderson (Jon Tenney and Kate Walsh); and their rebellious and promiscuous teenage daughter, Audrey (Willa Holland).

Soon after, an old woman (Jeanette Miller) arrives and seems pleasant at first, but then begins taunting the diner’s patrons. When Howard tries to reason with her, she rips part of his throat open and climbs up the ceiling like an insect, hisses, revealing she is possessed. Kyle shoots and kills her with a pistol that he was hiding. They try to hurry an injured Howard away in Kyle’s car, but are forced to go back after passing through a swarm of horse flies.

Soon after, Michael arrives and arms the patrons as the entire sky plunges into blackness. Michael leads the patrons to fight off a large number of possessed people that arrive. They drag off Howard and cease their attack. He explains that God has lost faith in mankind and has sent down his angels to annihilate all humanity. He also reveals that Charlie’s baby is deemed to be the savior of mankind, and that it must stay alive if humanity is to have any hope of surviving. Michael also reveals that his original mission was to kill Charlie’s baby, but he disagreed with God’s orders, as he still has faith in the goodness of humanity.

The next morning Sandra discovers Howard crucified upside down behind the restaurant and covered with boils. She tries to rescue him but he violently explodes, killing Percy and driving Sandra insane. That night, a second wave of possessed attack, killing Kyle and pushing a panicked Charlie into labor. She delivers the baby as trumpets sound, signaling the approach of the Archangel Gabriel (Kevin Durand), who is leading the attack on humanity. In a panic Sandra breaks her restraints and tries to give the baby to the possessed so Michael kills her.

Moments later, Gabriel is sent by God. When Gabriel reaches the diner he seriously injures Bob, and Michael gives Jeep the keys to the police cruiser he arrived in, urging them to escape. The hordes of possessed humans are unable to approach Charlie’s baby so Jeep, Audrey, Charlie, and her baby make their way to the cruiser. Gabriel and Michael fight, ending with Gabriel stabbing Michael through the chest with his mace. Michael dies and his body disappears. Bob lights a flame to the diner’s gas main, blowing up the diner and destroying himself and the remaining hordes of possessed.

Gabriel survives, and swoops down on the fleeing car. As he tries to reach Charlie, Audrey jumps on him and sacrifices herself after she yells at Jeep to slam on the brakes sending Gabriel through the front windshield as the car crashes. Charlie and Jeep survive with the baby, but Charlie indicates that Audrey did not survive the crash. Gabriel finally corners Jeep and Charlie in the nearby mountains. He is about to kill them when Michael appears from Heaven, an angel once more and stops Gabriel. Michael tells Gabriel that he (Michael) did what God needed, not what God wanted, thus giving humanity another chance. With his angelic powers back, Michael easily defeats Gabriel, but spares his life after which Gabriel leaves, defeated. Michael explains to Jeep that he is the child’s true protector then flies off. Charlie and Jeep make it to the top of the mountain and see a small town in the valley below.

Sometime later, Charlie, Jeep, and the baby are seen driving off into the distance with a car full of guns.


There have been films about the apocalypse, more and more have been coming out recently. There have also been films about various angels and they’re displeasure with God and desire to be the ones he loves above all else. Also, there have been numerous films about possession and whatnot. Well, Legion combines these three elements, as well some kind of birth of a Savior plotline.

As you can tell by the poster, the major character of this film is the archangel Gabriel, who left Heaven because he didn’t want to follow a specific order given to him (we learn what the order is later on in the film). However, as much as you would think this guy is heavily featured, he isn’t. Basically, if you’ve seen the first 2, or maybe even the third, Terminator films, then you know that even though they are the main character, the flick revolves more around the people they are trying to save, serve, and protect (or kill in the case of The Terminator).

The trailers for this thing were quite misleading. They lead one to believe it was some sort of apocalyptic smackdown, but in fact this may as well have just been a horror flick using Armageddon as a backdrop. There was action, mostly involving guns, but between these scenes are forced to endure these scenes of intense drama that belong in Grey’s Anatomy or some other drama.

The effects were pretty good, but I was hoping for more possessed humans. All we got were the old lady and the ice cream man. All the rest were just human acting possessed with weird teeth. Also, Gabriel and Michael’s wings were pretty impressive, especially the way Gabriel used his as like some sort of shield.

Paul Bettany killed it as Michael, the archangel. I would have liked for him to show a bit more emotion, though. One thing that made no sense, though, was how he was able to sew his wounds up after he cut off is wings. There is no way he could have reached back there, but I guess some things just need to be overlooked.

Adrianne Palicki proves she can do more than be the sexy rebel girl on the TV series Friday Night Lights. If this is any indication of what she can do on the big screen, then we may very well be seeing more of her in the future.

Tyrese disappointed me. Not because he didn’t do a bang up job, but because his character was very stereotypical. The guy comes in driving an Escalade and listening to rap music, then we get the baby mama drama. Oh, and there’s the whole thing about him carrying a piece. It just seemed a bit wrong.

Kate Walsh annoyed the life out of me. I already don’t care for her, but you give her this role and it just makes it worse. I won’t say what happens to her, but let’s just say she gets what’s coming to her.

Dennis Quaid and Charles S. Dutton are their usual perfect on screen selves.

Lucas Black was a surprise. He seemed like the kind of loser who wanted to do right, and that is what he is, but he really made this character interesting and relatable to the audience, something the other actors didn’t do as well.

Legion has its hits and misses, but in the end it comes off as just an average film. It could have been so much better, had they gone in different directions, but since they didn’t, it never really takes off.  I can recommend this, but there is no reason to be in a big rush to see it.

3 out of 5 stars

Fame (2009)

Posted in Drama, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 19, 2010 by Mystery Man


Students learn on the first day of classes that their teachers expect them to know everything. In dance class, Ms. Kraft is worried about Kevin’s dancing, but is easily impressed by Alice. In acting class, Jenny feels uncomfortable to let loose and be crazy like everyone else. In music class, Mr. Cranston gives Victor pointers, while Denise plays the music perfectly on the piano. In the lunchroom, everyone practices their major and they all get up and dance (This Is My Life), while Denise and Malik escape the madness and they talk to each other, Denise saying that her parents thinks that the school is “people sitting around, practicing cello all day”, and that they would die if they saw this. Malik reveals that his mom doesn’t even know that he is coming to the school. Just before freshman year ends, it shows Malik at his apartment, his mom finding his report card, making it clear that he goes to P.A. She is angry but he continues to go to the school. The year closes after she goes to work and leaves Malik standing alone.

As the new school year begins, it shows the dancers all practicing in a circle, but once it is Kevin’s turn, he is out-shined and is forced to go back in his original spot. Victor is having trouble sticking to the right music, and adds his own spin on whatever he is playing, which doesn’t sit well with Mr. Cranston. Malik, in theater class, talks about his dead sister, Ayanna, causing Mr. Dowd to ask questions that he refuses to answer. Malik then leaves, stating that he’s going to be famous, no matter what anyone else says. Denise is playing her classical piano, but then starts to sing, assuming she is alone. (Out Here on My Own) When she leaves it is revealed to the audience that Malik was watching the whole time. He brings her to Victor and convinces her to sing for the album that they are producing. She agrees to it, as long as her strict father doesn’t find out. At a Halloween party, Malik plays the song, but says the vocals are “anonymous”, upsetting Denise, which confuses Malik. Joy is in the park, drinks beer, gets up and does a rap, vomiting at the end of it. Neil captures this in his documentary and presents it to the class. Marco asks Jenny out on a date (though not for the first time). She agrees to go with him to dinner at his dad’s restaurant, where she convinces him to play a song and sing on the piano. He does (Try), and she gives him a money tip. The sophomore year portion of the movie ends with them kissing

Joy has another audition, but is annoyed, because the other girls against her always seem to get the part. Neil says that he is meeting with a producer for a short, independent film he wrote and hopes to direct himself. Marco and Jenny go to a party, where Jenny sees a boy name Andy Matthews, a former P.A. student who is now a professional actor and known player. He tells her that he can have her meet with his agent, and the naive Jenny gives him her number. Marco leaves, having seen the last part, and Jenny runs out after him. They have a minor fight, but she promises that she will never talk to Andy again, and they go back to her house. Victor, Malik, and Denise meet with a man from a record company, who says that their demo is interesting, and he will play it at the next meeting and get back to them. Victor and Malik are overjoyed, but Denise is still hesitant. At the next meeting, the producer tells them that Denise is the reason he was interested in their music. He tries to persuade her to stay. Joy tells Jenny and Neil that she got a part-time acting job on Sesame Street and is very excited about it. Ms. Rowan, the voice teacher, takes some of the students to a karaoke bar where she ends up singing as well. Jenny goes to meet Andy despite what she said to Marco. When she arrives, Andy tells her the director is out sick. He comes onto her, but she stops him and angrily leaves. She tells Marco, and he asks if Andy tried anything, saying that he knew this would happen and that if fame was really that important to her then he hopes she gets the job. He then leaves her sobbing his name on a rooftop. Neil tries to get his equipment for the movie, but when he tries to find his producer, he is discovered to be gone, along with the $5,000

Kevin has a meeting with Ms. Kraft, the dance teacher, because he asked her to write him a letter of recommendation. She says she can not write him the letter, because she believes he is not talented enough to become a professional dancer. Meanwhile, as they talk, Alice is dancing to (Black and Gold) practicing her jazz piece. This conversation with Ms. Kraft causes him to attempt suicide by stepping in front of a subway car. Joy, Rosie, and Jenny are there to stop him. Victor is told by his girlfriend, Alice, that she is going on a world tour next week. He asks if she will visit him, but she says that after P.A. couples usually go their separate ways. Joy drops out of school before graduation because she is working on Sesame Street full-time now and her grades have suffered. Malik talks with Mr. Dowd about his father, which leads to Mr. Dowd telling him about breaking down his walls. Victor, Malik and Denise put on a hip-hop concert at a club, but Denise told them it was classical jazz. She goes on anyway and wins over her mother during the performance. Marco, along with Neil, Joy, and Rosie, is there to watch but when he sees Jenny come in, he says he has to go. Jenny stops him from leaving, saying that she’s been thinking a lot about him, and that it kills her that she hurt him. Later, during the concert, he puts his arms around her and they smile at each other. When Denise leaves with her parents, her dad says that he is pulling her out of P.A., even though she is about to graduate. Her mom stops him and says that if Denise wants to sing, she should sing.

Before graduation, Jenny gives a speech about success to the graduating class, saying that she felt it when she was in the school. Kevin tells Joy that he is moving back to Iowa, and that he is going to be the best damn dance teacher there’s ever been. During the graduation performance, everybody participates (Hold Your Dream), with Denise as the main singer. It ends with all the characters followed graduating (except Joy and Alice)


I don’t know hot many times I can say this, but I HATE REMAKES!!!! Some of my friends seemed to think this was going to change my mind. I laugh and scoff at that notion, because this thing was nothing more than an insult to the original.

There is nothing redeeming about this picture, except for some good dance scenes and outstanding vocals from young Naturi Naughton.

The faculty, which apparently was taken from the 90s sitcom retirement home, aren’t as center stage as they are in the original. I know this is not the same film, but it is obvious that all they did was take the same story, change some names and update the music, so why not feature the faculty just as much. I mean, you can’t have a school without teachers, right?

Having said all that, they did make an attempt to flesh out Megan Mullally’s character, but never went anywhere with it, which was such a major disappointment, and further proves that this was nothing more than somebody who sta in a room watching the original Fame, thinking that they could make some money i they “updated it”.

Speaking of the updating, I find it hard to belive that they teach rap at a performing arts school. I may catch some flack for this, but I don’t think rap is a viable art form. It should not be mentioned in the same breath as learning ballet, tap, acting, ir playing an instrument, no matter what some may say.

In case you haven’t figured it out, I did not like this film in any context. No, it is not because it is a remake. I try to keep an open mind when it comes to these things, but this crap should never have made it to the big screen. I wish I could go back and get my 2 hrs back, because this was nothing more than a waste of time. Avoid this thing like the plague!

2 out of 5 stars