Fame (1980)

One of the more current musical and part of the 501 Must See movie book. This film wasn't much of musical though, it was really about performing arts students with a few musical moments.

The film follows a group of students through school for the gifted in New York City. Starting with auditions and concluding with their graduation. We get to see the characters from their post-junior high immaturity to getting a grasp on their talents. Whether those talents are in dancing, singing, or musical instruments, all students are required to develop each and focus on one. The main characters are a sheepish Jewish girl, a boisterous hispanic boy, and a redheaded gay boy.

The famous scene using the title track involves a car driver who plays his sons music on loud speaker as the students are being dismissed. The kids run around bouncing off cars in traffic, all but starting a riot. The scenes with Coco being filmed at a sleazy "audition" and the gay boy explaining how his family treats his emotions like a sickness are the two most powerful. This isn't exactly a light-hearted movie, but overall it was better than I expected it to be.

Vote: 7/10

IMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080716/

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