What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Men of the Strip features the cast of an all-male review co-owned by former 98 Degrees band member Jeff Timmons trying to make it big on the Vegas Strip. Not surprisingly, it contains lots of men stripping down to G-strings and dancing provocatively (bare buttocks are visible) as an attempt to present themselves as sexual objects to women. There's also a lot of strong sexual references ("hump," "package") and bleeped cursing, drinking (beer, hard liquor, shots), and some catty arguing. It's really not meant for kids, but older teens may be mature enough to handle it.
What's the story?
MEN OF THE STRIP is a reality-based show featuring the owners and cast of the Men of the Strip male review. After a 46-city tour around the country, Men of the Strip co-owner Jeff Timmons, known best as a former member of 98 Degrees, is bringing the show to Las Vegas. In hopes of expanding the brand and partnering up with a hotel on the Vegas Strip, the show's creative director, Glenn Douglas Packard, hires a new stripper and develops choreography designed to make the review spectacular. Meanwhile, investor Mike Foley works hard to help them get costumes and to generate interest in the group. Although the strippers work hard, play hard, and compete with each other, there's a lot of drama. Still, while they're onstage, the only thing that matters is that they reinvent the art of female seduction by bringing an artistic, exciting, and sexy performance to their audience.
Is it any good?
This documentary is a promotional vehicle for the Men of the Strip brand, which is focused on presenting men as sexual objects as a way of titillating women. But it also offers viewers a behind-the-scenes look at how much work goes into casting and choreographing professional-level performances, as well as some of the day-to-day challenges performers face when preparing for -- and holding onto -- their coveted spots in the show.
There's some soap opera-like drama, but the real excitement comes from the rehearsals and performances, which combine precise boy-band-dancing styles with sexually charged movements and behavior. Some awkwardly voyeuristic moments result from some of the men's lack of self-confidence and from things such as them getting measured for specific parts of their costumes; this also make things interesting. Ultimately, it's a guilty pleasure without a big payoff.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the similarities and differences between dancing and stripping. What kinds of things have to go into a stripper's performance to elevate it to something more than simply taking off one's clothes? Does this reality-based show do enough to highlight these details about the profession?
Who is the audience for a show like this? How can you tell?