CHICAGO (Theatrical Release USA 2002)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.4|5.0 Stars ììì

—based on the Broadway play of the same name—has terrific song and dance routines with an all-star cast. Richard Gere, Renée Zellweger show surprisingly good musical ability. Contains sexual references and sexual scenes.

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Roxie Hart (Renée Zellweger) kills Fred Casely (Dominic West) because he told her he could pull some theatrical strings for her and after she has an affair with him, tells her he knows no one in show business. When her husband, Amos Hart (John C. Reilly), comes home she convinces him that he must tell police that Fred Casely was a robber and it was self-defense. But after police interrogation, Amos tells the truth. Roxie is angry, but confesses and is arrested on the spot. She is sent to a jail full of women who have murdered and is guarded by Matron Mama Morton (Queen Latifah).

Additional Thanks Check Credits

Thank you to Director Rob Marshall for his directing efforts. Thank you to Executive Producers Jennifer Berman, Sam Crothers, and Julie Goldstein for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Bandleader (Taye Diggs), Stage Manager (Cliff Saunders), Mrs. Borusewicz (Jayne Eastwood), Police Photographer (Bruce Beaton), Sergeant Fogarthy (Roman Podhora), DA Martin Harrison (Colm Feore), Newspaper Photographer (Robert Smith), Reporter (Sean Wayne Doyle), Prison Clerk (Steve Behal), and Prison Guard (Robbie Rox).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. May not be a first pick for entertainment because it undermines belief in a reliable justice system and teaches that one can get away with murder and go on to not only make money on it, but become famous in the process. Be aware that this movie shows the darker side of humans.

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