Burlesque (2010 American film)

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Burlesque is a 2010 backstage musical film about a small-town girl who ventures to Los Angeles and finds her place in a neo-burlesque club run by a former dancer.

Written and directed by Steven Antin.
In a city of dreams and beyond your imagination, there exists a magical world that comes to life.

Ali Rose[edit]

  • If I'm not 20 times better than "boobs for brains" over there, you don't have to pay me.


  • Let me help you. First of all, you gotta wet it if you want a clean line... close your eyes, when you're putting on your makeup it's like you're an artist, but instead of painting a canvas you're painting a face. Didn't you ever watch your mom put on her makeup?


  • I will not be upstaged by some slut with mutant lungs.


Sean: So, is Ali short for anything?
Ali: Oh, yeah, it's short for Alice.
Sean: Alice, hm? Well, welcome to Wonderland.

Ali: Jack, why did you leave Kentucky?
Jack: Well, why did you leave Iowa?
Ali: Because I looked around and realized there wasn't one person whose life I wanted.
Jack: Exactly.

Nikki: [annoyed] Didn't your mama ever tell you it's not polite to stare?
Ali: You-You're just so damn beautiful, I...
Nikki: Well in that case, screw your mama and stare away.
Ali: No one would ever know.
Nikki: Know what?
Ali: That you're a dude.

Tess: [Ali is auditioning] Hey Dave, cut it.
Ali: H-hold on a second, I can do this!
Tess: And I think that it's sweet that you think that you can.

Marcus: Wow. I can't believe Tess has you buried in the kick line.
Ali: She didn't know I sang.
Marcus: Well, you certainly can. And you are way too good to be doing it here.

Nikki: What the hell is that waitress doing here? I want that bitch out.
Sean: And what did she ever do to you?
Nikki: She said I looked like a drag queen!
Sean: Well, that can't be the first time that's happened before.

Vince: Have you read this letter from the bank?
Tess: Vincent. How many times have I told you? No business during business hours.

Vince: This isn't going away. You won't talk to me before the show, you won't talk to me after the show. It's like you're avoiding me.
Tess: Well, I didn't divorce you to spend more time with you.

Ali: Morning! Coffee?
Jack: Black. Like my soul.
Ali: I took the liberty of making breakfast. I hope you don't mind. It's the least I could do.
Jack: Smells great.
Ali: [referring to photo at kitchen counter] She's pretty. Your sister?
Jack: Fiancée.
Ali: You're straight?
Jack: You thought I was gay?
Ali: Yeah.
Jack: Wait, why?
Ali: I don't know. The day bed... the eyeliner...
Jack: It's a very straight look. You know, it works at the club, Tess loves it...
Ali: Okay. I should put on some pants.
Jack: Probably.

Jack: I'm just saying. Life is about the choices you make.
Ali: The choices I make? You're a bartender-slash-piano player, who writes songs that are never ready.

Tess: You know, not that I give a shit, but why is it that you want my club so badly?
Marcus: I like it. When I see something I like, I have to have it. Been that way since I was a kid.
Tess: That must have made you very popular in the sandbox.
Marcus: [grins] I did okay.

Marcus: Remember, you got that balloon payment due on the first.
Tess: [annoyed, to Vince] Did you also tell him I have a tattoo on my ass?
Vince: No... it's business.
Marcus: I don't think you're gonna get another opportunity like this. So take it.
Tess: [after some contemplation] No.
Vince: She means not now.
Tess: No, no. "Not now" means not now, Vince. "No" means no. Marcus, I don't care what you're offering. My club is not for sale.


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