CHICAGO (2003)

Starring: Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Queen Latifa, Richard Gere, John C. Reilly

Writer/creator: Based on the musical play "Chicago" directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse for the stage

Format: DVD and VHS

Genre: Musical/Crime drama* (loosely defined)

Rating: PG-13

Reviewed by Cherie Jung

It's not just a musical, although it has a number of catchy tunes that you'll be humming long after the end credits roll.

This is a tuneful little tale of murder, cell blocks, courts, and corruption. There's no mystery to it. We know whodunit. We just don't know if she's gonna get away with it.

Roxie Hart (Renee Zellweger), a naive young dancer/singer wannabe takes revenge against her no good, no account, lying lover. She ends up behind bars. She meets "Mamma" (Queen Latifa) the warden. She meets her idol, another murderess, named Velma Kelly (Catherine Zeta-Jones). She gets a lawyer (Richard Gere). She goes to court. A court where Justice isn't as blind as it should be. "And that's Chicago..." as Richard Gere's character is heard to exclaim.

Words cannot fully describe the sheer enjoyment of watching this movie. The characters are sexy and full of life. The songs and dance numbers are amazing. You'll be dancing in your seat! The casting is so precise that you'll find yourself wondering how did they get everyone to blend together so well? Of course the three major stars are marvelous but so, too, are Queen Latifa (who steals every scene she is in) and John C. Reilly who portrays Roxie's much put upon husband. He sings one of the most unforgettable songs of the entire film. It will have you dabbing away the tears from your eyes.

Rent the video if you have your doubts about liking it, but I suspect you'll be buying your own copy once you've seen the show.

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