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Variety | ‘The Rehearsal’ Review


There’s a reason why “Fame,” the 1980 dancing-in-the-streets teen schlock opera, is fondly remembered. It had one of those timeless guilty-pleasure theme songs, and it touched a generation newly hypnotized by…well, fame. Yet beyond that, what elevated the film’s essential mediocrity was its setting: the High School of Performing Arts, a New York institution so defined by its competitive drama-queen intensity that it became a perfect booster to the already heightened roller-coaster of adolescent turmoil and joy. (Think “Glee ’80.”) Now imagine if “Fame” didn’t just have that hook but was also a good movie. It might have looked something like “The Rehearsal.”

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