This acridly exhilarating adaptation of Bob Fosse’s 1975 Broadway musical is an ode to the intertwined glories of sex, showmanship, and lying – i.e., ”the old razzle-dazzle.” The heroine, Roxie Hart (Renee Zellweger), is a Kewpie-doll ’20s nobody who shoots her lover at point-blank range and ends up on Murderess Row. There, she meets her idol, the vaudeville star Velma Kelly (Catherine Zeta-Jones), as well as Billy Flynn (Richard Gere), a lawyer with corrupt dimples who turns Roxie into a tabloid celebrity. In its caustic high-spirited way, the movie presents us with a vision of women who will do anything to break free of the conventionality imposed by men. Bravado is all – far more vital than morality – and the result leaves you thrilled at how good it feels to see life, death, and girl power turned, once again, into a cabaret.
Genre: Musical, Drama; Starring: Richard Gere, Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Christine Baranski, Queen Latifah, Mya, John C. Reilly; Director: Rob Marshall; Author: Bill Condon; Release Date Limited: 12/27/2002; Runtime (in minutes): 108; MPAA Rating: PG-13; Distributor: Miramax
Posted January 17 2003 — 12:00 AM EST
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