Fame Remake Horrifies Critics

When in doubt, Hollywood studios can always fall back on a remake. The strategy doesn’t seem to be working for MGM’s Fame, though, and critics across the board are taking aim at an updated take on the classic 1980 musical about students at a New York City performing arts school. Reviews of the film, which opened this weekend, accuse Fame of being a squeaky-clean and flavorless spin on the original, removing grittier subject matter and skirting around subjects such as homosexuality. The original Oscar-winning score has also been replaced this time around, and critics at Rotten Tomatoes, which compiles reviews, have clocked the movie in at an abysmal 27 percent. In the New York Post, Lou Lumenick called the remake both “desperate and cynical,” claiming that it “dishonors the original,” leading the critic to predict the end of MGM altogether.