A 2010 film starring Cher and Christina Aguilera.The Burlesque Lounge has its best days behind it, and club owner Tess is struggling to keep the place afloat. Meanwhile, new waitress Ali is a small town girl who's just moved to L.A. to fufill her dreams of becoming a star. The last thing Tess needs is a pushy upstart with no technical experience at dance making a fuss, and the last thing Ali needs is a hard-ass boss who dismisses her out of hand. Luckily both are very determined at getting what they want...
Which may have been the intention. The idea could have been to contrast the glossy choreographed acts that happen in a full house, to her singing with no costume or make-up, on the stage after everyone's gone (with the plot excuse being that she needs to practice it before it's performed). Or not. It's difficult to figure out what is done intentionally and what isn't in this movie.
Dogged Nice Guy: Marcus. Ali does slowly warm up to him, but she remains cautious (and very uncomfortable about his relationship with Nikki, when all of a sudden they are Just Friends).
Drowning My Sorrows: Jack gets drunk after he breaks up with Natalie. It's obviously painful for him to end things, but he is also now free to pursue Ali, so letting go of his old relationship isn't too painful.
Earn Your Happy Ending: Ali knows what she wants and isn't shy about doing everything possible to get it in a manner that borders on Determinator. She knows that she wants to be on stage at Burlesque and is insanely determined to get there, forcing Tess to watch her audition and then alternately browbeating and pleading with her until she gets the job. And then she's just as bloody-minded about practicing to be the best she can be.
I Need a Freaking Drink: Tess after spending all afternoon being condescended to by a bank manager. Admittedly not an entirely unsympathetic circumstance.
Morning Sickness: Tess finds Georgia in the bathroom stall throwing up, revealing she's pregnant and will have to temporarily give up dancing at the club. She complains about the name being inaccurate, considering "it hits you at every freaking moment of the day.
Suspiciously Apropos Music: Jack's big re-discovery of composition, the music he has been working on and so afraid to show everyone is...a new dance-style Burlesque introduction number that is mostly just spoken-word repetition and percussion which has no purpose aside from showing off the Burlesque girls with a new expensive stage? Riiiiight. Well, now we know why he thought his career as a composer was a dead end.
Team Mom/Team Dad: Sean and Tess - but not in the way you'd first assume. Tess is the disciplinarian, the one who calls the shots and keeps the club going, making her better fit the Team Dad role. While Sean is the one to fuss over the girls and support them, making him more like a Team Mom.
Tears of Joy: After Nikki cuts the music and Ali sings for the first time, she is quite literally crying with joy backstage after Tess says that she's going to build a show around her.
Technician Versus Performer: When Ali auditions for Tess, even though Tess admits that they have access to far better dancers, Ali puts all her heart into dancing and is clearly loving being on stage despite her lack of technique. She works hard and her dancing noticeably improves as well.
True Companions: Subverted with the people from the club...at first. Jack claims that everyone looks out for each other, but Ali is quick to contradict him. However, he is actually right, as is proven over the course of the movie. Tess is fiercely loyal to her employees and will take care of them no matter what, even letting Nicki back in after she really deserved to be kicked to the curb with a very sharp-toed boot, and despite the squabbling backstage, once you're in, you are basically family with all the bad and the good that that entails at one point one of the girls gets married and the rest of the girls are her bridesmaids. Learning to become part of this extended family is part of Ali's character arc.