Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5. USA, 1996. Castle Rock Entertainment, Lobell/Bergman Productions. Screenplay by Andrew Bergman, based on the book by Carl Hiaasen. Cinematography by Stephen Goldblatt. Produced by Andrew Bergman, Mike Lobell. Music by Howard Shore. Production Design by Mel Bourne. Costume Design by Albert Wolsky. Film Editing by Anne V. Coates.
Demi Moore took an unfair beating for this comedic dud: she’s no natural at humour, but the film fails because of a bad screenplay and confused direction by Andrew Bergman (who went on to make the even worse Isn’t She Great). A soon-to-be-divorced mother (Moore) gets work dancing at an exotic nightclub in order to have a job that will allow her to keep custody of her young daughter (Rumer Willis, Moore’s real-life daughter), making friends with the bouncer of the club (Ving Rhames) and with a particularly odd senator (Burt Reynolds) who takes a fancy to her. The character of Moore’s trailer park ex-husband played by Robert Patrick is a particular example of this film’s uneasy confusion of tone between straight comedy and satire; he’s so ridiculously, cartoonishly villainous, why would she have married him in the first place? Oh well, at least it’s not boring: Rhames’ lines are the funniest, and Moore manages to make the film at least enjoyable even if it isn’t interesting.