Parents' Guide to

Striptease

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

'90s drama about topless dancer has language, drinking.

Movie R 1996 115 minutes
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age 18+

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Is It Any Good?

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This movie has a very charismatic and mostly very talented cast, which you'd think would've made it easy to create a pretty decent movie. Unfortunately, Striptease falls utterly short on just about every front. There are two main problems not even the talented cast could overcome. The first is a razor-thin premise covering a barely breathing plot, which add to the sense that the movie is little more than a flimsy excuse for the extended and frequent topless scenes. The other main problem is that it can't seem to decide whether it's a drama or a comedy. Instead of effectively combining elements of both, it switches gears abruptly and awkwardly, losing emotional range and failing to help the comedic bits stick their landings.

It could be an opportunity to talk with mature teens about things like the difference between a stripper and a dancer, whether the women performers are exploited or empowered, society's attitudes toward women and their bodies, why many people link exotic dancing with prostitution, etc. But the overall flimsiness of the movie makes it far from an ideal starting point.

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