Combustible Celluloid
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With: Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta Jones, Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, John C. Reilly, Christine Baranski, Taye Diggs, Lucy Liu
Written by: Bill Condon, based on a play by Maurine Dallas Watkins, and on the musical by Bob Fosse and Fred Ebb
Directed by: Rob Marshall
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content and dialogue, violence and thematic elements
Running Time: 113
Date: 12/10/2002

Chicago (2002)

3 Stars (out of 4)

All That Jazz

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

This razzle-dazzle of a musical treads on Moulin Rouge territory but is more refreshingly old-fashioned. Renee Zellweger walks in Ginger Rogers' shoes as Roxie Hart, a singer/dancer who enhances her fame by committing murder and going to prison. Richard Gere surprises as her slick lawyer who sings and dances with gusto, and Catherine Zeta-Jones knocks 'em dead as Roxie's prison-mate. Choreographer Rob Marshall makes his feature debut, toning town the Fosse-ness and keeping things snappy. Queen Latifah and John C. Reilly shine in supporting roles. Chicago won the 2002 Oscar for Best Picture, though it probably didn't deserve it nearly as much as Gangs of New York, Far from Heaven, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, 25th Hour, Minority Report, Adaptation or The Pianist did.

DVD Details: In 2005, Miramax released a new 2-disc "Razzle-Dazzle" Edition, complete with a commentary track, deleted musical number, the history of Chicago, extended musical performances, a VH1 "behind the movie" special and several more featurettes.

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