An interesting socio-cultural piece in support of egalitarian objectification. Is balancing the fetishisation of gender to include more examples of the objectified male an effective liberal solution with regards to a prevailing gender inequality of representation? Soderbergh showcases an entertaining spectacle whilst including an incisively conceived narrative nuance.
Perhaps unfairly stereotyped as softcore porn for women, Steven Soderbergh's tale of male strippers whose dreams of something more lead to the discovery that their lives aren't as fulfilling as they once thought is a surprisingly substantive film, even if it never goes quite as deep as it could have. Of Soderbergh's 2012 output, I preferred HAYWIRE.
If this film was called 'Adam The Kid', if Soderbergh hadn't been using whatever Adam and Mike were, if it always featured Alex Pettyfer shirtless, if it had some kind of a story, if it was to become entertaining at least somewhere in the middle, cause don't tell me this isn't an entertainment movie, what is it? drama? wannabe. IF it had all of this, maybe and only maybe then this movie would deserve 2 stars
Competently lensed to evoke a delightful high energy, but the perfunctory plot is severely lacking depth, thematic motivation, narrative sense and resolution and thus acts only as a vehicle for the sensational acts which tenuously serve as the film's core.
64/100 - Decent (2.5)
The color is so terrible in this movie, it was really atrocious to get used to it. And I don't get anything about its narrative structure. I like that it looks like a documentary sometimes and that some details on the dialogues are pretty realistic, but then there's a lot of problems with the characters development and actually with everything else. I really enjoyed the stripping part though, great show director.
Hard to see the point. Ok: maybe just to make the counterpart of 1996 Striptease that stars Demi Moore. Now we have the female and the male version of this shallow story. None of the two movies seem to care about anything really interesting, moderatelly deep. They are simply a parade of striptease clips. Just like boxing films with fights, they keep alternating strip scenes, until the final strip scene.Not much else.