I love Hollywood because they make movies from books. Striptease is a 1996 flick based on Carl Hiaasen’s novel of the same name. I read the book before I saw the movie, and well, while I can’t really a compare a book with a movie, I can say that the adaption is fairly good.
Striptease is the story of Erin Grant (Demi Moore), a recently-divorced woman who is involved in a legal battle with her ex-husband for the custody of their 7-years old daughter. Erin, who lost her previous job as an FBI secretary because of her husband, works as a stripper in Eager Beaver, a Miami strip joint. A misguided judge awards the child’s custody to her husband, who steals wheelchairs for a living. Erin files an appeal, and start stripping to pay legal fees.
One fine night, Eager Beaver is visited by a congressman in disguise. He’s taken in by Erin and ends up smashing a champagne bottle into another customer’s head. The rest of the story is about how the Erin deals with the perpetually horny, sex crazy congressman who adores her, but who also could help her out win custody of her daughter. Add to the mix an FBI agent and a bouncer who help Erin, a whole bunch of strippers (some with gigantic bosoms, some with snakes), a drug-addict ex-husband and a couple of political thugs and what you get is a racy comedy, with an edge of satire to it.
Striptease stars Demi Moore in the lead role, performing some really comic stripteases. She is a beauty on the screen, the congressman calls her ‘sweet angel’ in the movie and I couldn’t agree more. Of the other cast, Ving Rhames plays the tough bouncer to the T, and so does Burt Reynolds as the congressman.
Upon its release, Striptease received a good reception but was then flayed by critics. The film was given a few Golden Raspberry Awards, which are awards for the worst in cinema, including the award for the Worst Picture of 1996. However, I don’t agree with the jury of those awards. I found Striptease to be a fun comedy. It has a good storyline that keeps you wondering what will happen next. And it has Demi Moore. That’s, in all, a good movie.