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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series highlights the work that goes into putting together a male review. Stripping is viewed as an art form. Men are objectified sexually.
Positive Role Models
Some of the strippers have diva-like attitudes, whereas others are very professional.
Violence & Scariness
Catty arguments break out among the cast. Occasionally the strippers get hurt doing gymnastics and other choreography.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lots of choreographed stripping and semi-nude men in G-strings (with butt cheeks visible). Strippers thrust and gyrate their hips in women's faces, touch willing women's nipples (over their clothes), and perform other sexually provocative movements. Conversations include the sizes of men's "packages" and other references to their genitals. Comments about women's breasts also are frequent. One stripper claims he's celibate; he's pressured by his fellow dancers to have sex.
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Words such as "hump," "balls," "damn," "ass," "bitch," and "douche bag" are audible. Curses such as "d--k," "s--t," and "f--k" are bleeped. Rude gestures are blurred.
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Products & Purchases
This is a promotional vehicle for the Men of the Strip male review. The show's logo is visible on jackets and T-shirts and in other places.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Beer, hard alcohol, champagne, and other alcoholic beverages are consumed.
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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.
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.
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