In this big screen version of the Broadway musical, two Chicago nightclub performers in the 1920s commit murder and end up in the Cook County Jail. When aspiring chorus girl Roxie Hart (Renee Zellweger) arrives in prison, she is excited to find one of her idols, nightclub entertainer Velma Kelly (Catherine Zeta-Jones), is also there. Corrupt prison matron Momma Morton (Queen Latifah) puts the women in contact with flamboyant defense attorney Billy Flynn (Richard Gere). The two vie for the affections of both the public and Flynn.
The musical numbers — not as good as Broadway but commendably done — help relay the story, but they have suggestive dancing and lyrics. One positive is the realistic portrayal of the public’s preoccupation with greed and celebrity, and the fleeting nature of fame. But the film has a naughty tone and a casual attitude toward adultery, sex and morals in general.