Striptease (1996)

“I am the Congressman’s right hand.” – Malcolm Moldowsky

“You must be a very busy man.” – Erin Grant

Number of Times Seen – 1 (22 Oct 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A stripper trying to get custody of her daughter in a messy divorce has her life turned upside down when a local congressman falls for her.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recalled hearing about when it came out, yet never had any real desire to see what this was all about.

Having recently watched a documentary about Burt Reynolds, they discussed how this was a comeback film for him, so I decided to finally see what it was all about.

The film actually has an intriguing premise that works even better due to the very talented cast.

Demi Moore, Arman Assante, Robert Patrick and Ving Rhames are all wonderful here in their roles.

Burt Reynolds takes his role a bit too far and causes his character t be more comical than one would expect.

The story is a bit shaky in the way that it presents things, but overall it still is ok.

The film may have a risque title, yet it is more of a thriller than one that deals with the profession of strippers.

There are some very nice twists and turns in the story which is able to show the intelligence of the characters.

Unfortunately tho, most of what happens here is far too predictable for its own good and that hurts things when trying to take this story from a more serious perspective which is quite a shame to see.

Bottom Line – Interesting idea that works better due to the performances of this very talented cast. The story itself has ups and downs along the way, but overall makes sense. Despite the risque title, the film is more of a thriller than one dealing with the profession. The film has some nice twists and turns that show the intelligence of this character along the way, but overall, things get a bit too predictable for its own good.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Demi Moore was paid $12.5 million for this film, a record fee for an actress at the time. The film was more popular in overseas theaters than in American theaters. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)


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