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I am supposed to provide five examples of how the reviewer of the movie Burlesque used adverbs and five examples of the use of adjectives. I also need to decide if they used them effectively, why or why not. (yes, I know the last question I will have to decide for myself. The review is below:

Aguilera plays Ali, an Iowa waitress of indeterminate age who can't stand one more minute in her dusty small town, quits her job and then sticks around to sing an opening number (an Etta James cover) before catching the bus to Los Angeles. Her dreams aren't big -- just something better than she left behind -- and she realizes them in the Burlesque Lounge, a retro-styled joint where scantily clad, stunningly beautiful showgirls outnumber the customers, performing a mix of old and new songs.

"Burlesque" is to its namesake what gentlemen's clubs are to genuine gentlemen -- a stripped-down, tarted-up lingerie show divorced from the stage tradition's satirical heritage, which makes for sexy, flash-of-skin dance numbers (ably edited by "Dreamgirls" cutter Virginia Katz) in lieu of wit or parody. The thin drama stumbles until Ali reaches the club -- energized by Cher's "Welcome to Burlesque" -- a song that simultaneously introduces all the key characters and sells the nightclub's appeal (the only example of expositional multitasking to be found on the soundtrack).

Clearly, the Burlesque Lounge is where Ali belongs, but it delivers virtually nothing in the way of conflict: The only obstacle is for Ali to win over tough-love Tess, the motherly co-owner of the club, who looks more like a Cher impersonator than the real Cher during her entrance -- but soon reminds us of her gifts as both siren and star, socking over the movie's lone ballad, the Diane Warren-written "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me," in what could have been a throwaway scene.

The dancers are more or less interchangeable, with the exception of resident diva Nikki (Kristen Bell) and Georgia ("Dancing With the Stars" winner Julianne Hough), whose conveniently timed pregnancy provides an opening for Ali. Meanwhile, Antin deliberately blurs the sexuality of the male characters, including androgynous emcee Alexis (Alan Cumming, in "Cabaret" mode), gay stage manager Sean (Stanley Tucci, who survives unscathed) and eyeliner-wearing bartender Jack ("Twilight's" Cam Gigandet).

"Burlesque" may be trading in archetypes, but that's no excuse for the fact Ali is the least developed of these characters. Is she 20 or 30? A virgin or a skank? Antin gives us nothing to go on, apart from a detail about Ali's mom dying shortly after the girl's seventh birthday, and Aguilera, while undeniably entertaining when her character is onstage, cannot spin the slight backstory into anything resembling a full-blooded person. It's a shortcoming, considering how much Tucci and Cher are able to do with their relatively minor roles.

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  1. Let's look at the first sentence.

    Aguilera plays Ali, an Iowa waitress of indeterminate age who can't stand one more minute in her dusty small town, quits her job and then sticks around to sing an opening number (an Etta James cover) before catching the bus to Los Angeles.

    Adjectives:
    Iowa
    indeterminate
    one
    more
    dusty
    small
    opening

    Adverbs:

    n't (not)
    around

    I'm sure you can take it from here.

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