Bounce - Behind the Velvet Rope (2000)
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Oscar-nominated documentarian Steven Cantor makes his full-length debut with this look at the trials and tribulations of the testosterone-pumped men who keep the rabble out of Manhattan's poshest nightspots. Among Cantor's interview subjects are Terence Buckley, who dreams of patrolling bigger and better Gotham haunts; the legendary Lenny McLean, who made his name in London; and a set of twin brothers who aspire to be just like Sylvester Stallone. Throughout, Cantor reveals the sensitive side of
Apr 15, 2000 Wide
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Much of the resulting material is very funny, though there are a few times when the filmmakers patronize or mock their subjects in a way that makes you uncomfortable.
A compelling examination of masculinity and machismo.
Self-important knuckleheads bloviate on club life. Though docs are reknown as tools to create empathy, Bounce merely confirms the worst prejudices of its audience.
After about half an hour, looking at wounds and comparing workout rituals gets a bit tedious.
Demonstrates that bouncers are indeed beefy bullies who get their kicks roughing up people in the guise of providing 'security' at night spots.
In spite of that condescension, it's still fascinating to watch these men keep the disco peace.
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