Theatrical Release: September 25, 2009


A reinvention of the original Oscar®-winning hit film, “Fame” follows a talented group of dancers, singers, actors, and artists over four years at the New York City High School of Performing Arts, a diverse, creative powerhouse where students from all walks of life are given a chance to live out their dreams and achieve real and lasting fame…the kind that comes only from talent, dedication, and hard work.

In an incredibly competitive atmosphere, plagued by self-doubt, each student’s passion will be put to the test. In addition to their artistic goals, they have to deal with everything else that goes along with high school, a tumultuous time full of schoolwork, deep friendships, budding romance, and self-discovery.

As each student strives for his or her moment in the spotlight, they’ll discover who among them has the innate talent and necessary discipline to succeed. With the love and support of their friends and fellow artists, they’ll find out who among them will achieve “Fame.”

The cast includes Asher Book as Marco, Kristy Flores as Rosie, Paul Iacono as Neil, Paul McGill as Kevin, Naturi Naughton as Denise, Kay Panabaker as Jenny, Kherington Payne as Alice, Collins Pennie as Malik, Walter Perez as Victor, and Anna Maria Perez de Tagle as Joy. Their instructors include Debbie Allen as Principal Simms, Charles S. Dutton as Alvin Dowd, Kelsey Grammer as Joel Cranston, Megan Mullally as Fran Rowan, and Bebe Neuwirth as Lynn Kraft.

Dove Review

Talented people make up the cast for this movie such as Kay Panabaker (“Moondance Alexander”) and Naturi Naughton and Asher Book. These young adults can sing, dance, act, and put on a show. The film follows them from their freshman year all the way to graduation their senior year from the New York City High School of Performing Arts. Some of the students improve enough to display star-like talent, while one young man learns he doesn’t have what it takes to be a ballet dancer but instead must decide whether or not to become a teacher.

The dramatic conflicts work well, such as one young lady longing to sing and do more with her talents while her father sees her strictly studying classical piano. One couple gets together but their affections are tried when a graduate from the school asks the girl to try out for a TV show he appears in with more designs on her than her talent.

Unfortunately, the film crosses our line of acceptability in the language arena and we therefore are unable to award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to this movie.

Content Description

Sex: A few young couples kiss; one man acts like he is practicing a scene with a girl for an audition and comes on strong with kissing and trying to lie on top of her but she stops him; one girl tells young man they can go to her dad's apartment as he is not home but this is not shown.
Language: GD-1; G/OMG-3; D-2; A-2; B-2; S/BS-6; H-2; "Sc*ew this"-3; "Dummy" used in song-1
Violence: It appears one man is about to commit suicide by throwing himself in front of a subway train but you learn later on he didn't; it's mentioned a young man's relative died in a drive-by shooting.
Drugs: Several scenes of characters consuming alcohol; talk of drinking shots during a party.
Nudity: Cleavage; shirtless man; girls wear short skirts during a performance.
Other: A couple of characters vomit in the film; a girl has disagreements with her father.


Company: MGM/UA
Writer: Allison Burnett and Christopher Gore
Producer: Mark Canton
Genre: Musical
Runtime: 107 min.
Industry Rating: PG
Starring: Naturi Naughton, Kay Panabaker, Charles S. Dutton, Anna Maria Perez de Tagle, Kelsey Grammer
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter