Striptease

ANDREW BERGMAN

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 .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Andrew Bergman, .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

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.

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