Rating Explanation: for sexual content and dialogue, violence and thematic elements
DVD Features: Deleted musical number "Class" performed by Catherine Zeta-Jones & Queen Latifah; Behind-the-scenes special; Director & screenwriter commentary; French-language track; Spanish subtitles; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound.
Director Rob Marshall's Chicago is all about adultery, exploitation, corruption, and death in the Roaring '20s from its first song-and-dance to its final curtain. This energetic toe-tapping musical starts when would-be Cabaret singer Roxie Hart (Renée Zellweger) shoots her lying lover after he breaks his promise to get her into a show. Faced with the possibility of a death sentence, the jailed Roxie cozies up to greedy warden (Queen Latifah) who gets her the celebrity lawyer Billy Flynn (Richard Gere) to plead her case. Roxie's murder trial becomes a headline grabber for all involved, though she finds she just might need the help of fellow inmate Velma Kelly (Catherine Zeta-Jones) if either of these smalltime entertainers is ever to see freedom. Every member of this rock solid cast is perectly cast. Zellweger as Roxie, conveys a longing for stardom and holds her own alongside the gorgeous Zeta-Jones who gives Velma just the right amount of sexy smoldering swagger. And the men are just as good. John C. Reilly's (as Roxie's hubby) gives an understated rendition of "Mr. Cellophane" with just the right amount of pathos and power. And Gere is marvelous as the crooked lawyer Billy Flynn. His courtroom tap dance is one of the film's many high spots. Marshall's direction, choreography, and stylish editing are unbeatable. Already nominated for eight Golden Globes, this fabulous film won lots of Academy Awards as well.