Who knew that the movie-going public was simply dying for a remake of “Showgirls,” the 1995 disaster that nearly sank Paul Verhoeven’s career? Well, canny souls obviously studied that much- ridiculed film’s long-term success in the rental market, where it grossed over $100 million, and along comes “Burlesque,” which is basically “Showgirls” in Los Angeles instead of Las Vegas. Same plot, same campy dance numbers — less nudity though.

Christina Aguilera plays a small-town girl named Ali who moves to the big city in hopes of striking it big. There she finds herself attracted to an underground burlesque lounge on Sunset Strip, where the performers entertain and titillate the clientele in flashy cabaret-style shows.

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