Home Video | Review by Dan Taylor
recent years, the "stripper-in-jeapordy"
genre has been sadly neglected by Hollywood.
Luckily, exploitation filmmakers have gladly
trotted down that glorious path and given
us glimpses into the world of floor-to-ceiling
poles, garters bursting with singles and
scary loners masturbating through their
Given my druthers, I'd rather
watch Katt Shea Rubin's STRIPPED TO KILL
flicks or Dan Golden's supreme NAKED
OBESESSION any day before having to
endure this big-budget, big-boob bomb again.
Hell, this thing is so inept it makes SHOWGIRLS
look like the CITIZEN KANE of stripper flicks!
Let's dispense with the known
facts: Demi Moore got a cool $12 million
to star in this mess and expose her obviously-enhanced
ribcage; audience response at screenings
forced a third-act rewrite; this was supposed
to revive Burt Reynolds' flagging career
like PULP FICTION did for John Travolta.
Alrightee. First, yes Demi
got more dough than any broad on screen.
That cash cow should dry up thanks to her
string of flops (THE JUROR, SCARLET LETTER... am
I forgetting any?) and the failures of other
"major" actresses like Sharon
Stone. Unfortunately, it takes her an hour to take off her top
and by that time I was squirming towards
the exit. To be frank, at this point in
my life, on-screen nudity excites me about
as much as an oil change. The internet and
writing for porn mags have made me even
more jaded than before!
Next! The third-act rewrite
is, uh, Scooby-Doo-like in its complexity.
The endings to CLUE: THE MOVIE held more
suspense than this laughfest. Were it not
for the high level of publicity surrounding
this mess, STRIPTEASE might've debuted at
your local video store. (Like most of Burt's
recent body of work.)
Finally, Burt. Burt, Burt,
Burt. Don't get me wrong. I like Burt. I
might be the last filmgoer that even LOVES
Burt. Hell, I was there during the MALONE
and STICK days. I saw STROKER ACE a few
times. THE LONGEST YARD is one of my all-time
favorites. But anyone who thought this asinine
cornpone act resurrected from unshot episodes
of 'Carter Country' would save him from
'Evening Shade' reunion movies is out of
their mind. We all know that Burt can act,
and this is an insult to both the audience
and a once-great movie star.