from BLAIRSVILLE, GA
Reviewed on 10/9/2012...
Striptease is based on the work of hillarious Florida author Carl Hiaasen and the movie is pretty funny. Sadly, perhaps, it's ended up being kind of dated due to the publicity hoopla surrounding Demi Moore's stripping performances. Don't get me wrong, in this unrated version you get to see quite a few topless scenes of Demi (and trust me, she's not bad to look at!), but first and foremost, this was supposed to be a crime dramedy...and that got lost in large part due to the marketing. A lot of people watch this movie just to skip to the nude scenes...and a lot of others avoid the movie altogether because they feel it's just Demi Moore in a remake of Showgirls. In actuallity, it's a good comedy/drama in itself and the nudity is just icing on the cake! Demi is a stripper whose husband is a police informant and convices the judge to give him custody of their daughter when they split up. Demi is working to get enough money to take the case back to court, but things go sour when one of her fans decides to blackmail a U.S. congressman (played with a lot of sleazy gusto by Burt Reynolds) into helping her by threatening to expose Burt's scummy antics at strip clubs. Burt's crime buddies' kill the man and then decide they may have to do the same to Demi. Fortunately for her she's got help from a bouncer with a heart of gold (Ving Rhames) and a reluctant cop (Armand Assante). And the end, it all comes to a crazy head.
The movie actually is very watchable, but you can tell that the produces decided to throw stripper sequences in liberally to keep the mastabatorially challenged occupied...and that turns it more into a sleazy low-rent Roger Corman-esque flick than a classy, mature comedy/drama that you feel it was kind of meant to be. Which is a shame. But, it's still worth a look if you like watching Demi Moore strip or you enjoy dark comedies such as One Night at McCool's.
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