I’ll give you two guesses as to why I went to the movies to see 1996’s “Striptease.” Go on and guess, but don’t worry, I’ll lett you te reasons below.
“Striptease” was the movie that was supposed to send Demi Moore to the next level of stardom, but I think its safe to say that plan didn’t quite work out the way anybody planned it. But to fair, Moore was everywhere in the early 1990’s, and she was one of the biggest sex symbols of the time.
Filmmakers knew this, and her filmography proves it as well: in “Ghost,” Patrick Swayze came back from the dead to ogle them, I mean her. In 1992, Moore made a military uniform look damn good in “A Few Good Men.” Then in 1993, Robert Redford spent a million bucks just to spend some quality time with her in “Indecent Proposal.” As if that wasn’t enough, Demi spent 1994, sexually harassing Michael Douglas in “Disclosure.” So naturally, what would Demi Moore’s next step be? Get nekkid of course.
In 1996’s “Striptease,” Demi plays a woman named Erin Grant, and she’s has lost her daughter in a crooked custody battle with her ex played by Robert Patrick. Erin goes to work in a strip club because that’s the fastest way to earn enough money to win her child back. By the way, the daughter is played by Demi’s real daughter, Rumer Willis.
Anyways, Erin ends up working at a club called the Eager Beaver, because that’s supposed to be a funny name I guess. There we meet her fellow strippers, including her buddy Urbana Sprawl played by Pandora Peaks, and no, I don’t know why they didn’t just go with her “real” name.
At the club we also meet the only stable guy in her life, club bouncer Shad, played by the one and only Ving Rhames. Shad was the only character I liked in the movie because he was always looking out for the dancers. He also has the only decent one liners in the movie.
The other main character is the perpetually drunk and horny U.S. Rep. David Dilbeck (Burt Reynolds). Here, Reynolds loses the last shred of dignity he had in favor of a few laughs that sadly never come.
I’ll say this for Erin Grant: the woman is brave, heroic and will do everything she can to ger her kid back. But the one thing she is not is funny, and neither is the movie. However, “Striptease” was a big award winner the following year. The movie won a Golden Raspberry award as the worst film of 1996. Moore was also named worst actress while she and co-star Burt Reynolds were worst screen couple, among the film’s six Razzie wins.
And finally, what were the two reason I paid to see “Striptease” on opening day?
1. It was the first day of Summer vacation and I was already bored.
2. My friend really wanted to see the movie, but he wasn’t 17 and I was, so naturally I had to chaperone and buy his ticket.
And there you have the two reasons why I saw “Striptease.” Not the reasons you were expecting perhaps?