Review: Fame

THIRTY years ago, the world was a different place. There was no reality TV and no Simon Cowell eager to sign the next big thing.

DO NOT REUSE PIC: A scene from the movie Fame
DO NOT REUSE PIC: A scene from the movie Fame

Running time: 1hr 47mins
Certificate: PG
Starring: Naturi Naughton, Asher Book, Kherington Payne
Director: Kevin Tancharoen
Star rating: 5

THIRTY years ago, the world was a different place. There was no reality TV and no Simon Cowell eager to sign the next big thing.

When the original Fame was released in 1980, the new intake of students at New York City High School of Performing Arts were told there was no easy route to success: "Fame costs. And right here is where you start paying... in sweat."

With Debbie Allen's classic line ringing out against an R&B chorus of "Remember, remember...", so begins the re-make of Fame.

In the same format as the original, we're taken through four years at the school. For those new to Fame, it's like a gritty version of High School Musical, without basketball.

Through the opening auditions, we're introduced to the new young cast, playing the 10 main students, including Marco (Asher Book), Jenny (Kay Panabaker), Malik (Collins Pennie), Alice (Kherington Payne) and Denise (Naturi Naughton).

Allen, who played dance teacher Lydia Grant in the original film and the spin-off shows, is back as principal. She delivers a rousing speech to the new pupils: "We don't care about your dreams of being in OK magazine. If you want shortcuts and easy rewards, I recommend you leave now."

Naughton is the standout actress among the young cast, and we will undoubtedly remember her name.

 

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