The 1980 musical, the academy award winning Fame which was directed by Alan Parker (The Commitments), was a massive international success that remains one of the best high school movies ever made. It so appealed to the public consciousness that it became a TV series which in turn won its own awards, particularly several Golden Globes. Now it’s been remade.
The storyline follows the lives of students as they study at a school of performing arts where their talents are pushed to the limits within a highly competitive environment. The plot melds lessons learned, insecurity overcome and potential fulfilled. In real life, the cast are already accomplished. Kay Panabaker, who plays Jenny, graduated from high school as valedictorian when she was 13 and had her degree by 18. Naturi Naughton (Denise) had a platinum record at age of 16 as a member of 3LW. With her version of the Fame theme song, she broke into the UK charts. And the highlight of the movie, for me, was her solo at the piano (you’ll understand when you hear it and see the passion that accompanies).
Nevertheless, the movie doesn’t make a memorable impact. The plot needs thickening and maybe with a bit more length i could have bought into more of the characters. It will obviously be perfect for the teen market but is also worth a nostalgia watching by the older crowd who, like me, were glued to their screen in the Eighties.