Dancing At The Blue Iguana (2000)
Movie InfoInterwoven stories about the various secrets kept by the women who 'bare it all' at Los Angeles strip clubs. The drama follows a range of issues from one woman's attempt to become a foster mother, to another's unplanned pregnancy--and ultimately their collective fight for survival.
- R (for pervasive sexual content/nudity, language, some drug content and brief violence)
- Art House & International , Drama
- Directed By:
- Michael Radford
- Written By:
- David Linter , Michael Radford
- In Theaters:
- Sep 1, 2000 Wide
- On DVD:
- Dec 25, 2001
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Critic Reviews for Dancing At The Blue Iguana
This, I suppose, is what happens when a director allows his actors to put together a movie -- it's sort of like letting the inmates run the asylum.
A predictable exercise in fake tawdriness and half-nude psychodrama.
More than anything, Dancing at the Blue Iguana is an acting showcase that allows its stars to strut their emotional range.
Mostly this is a whole lot of chain-smoking and griping about men. You'd be better off renting Demi Moore's Striptease.
Even if Dancing at the Blue Iguana can't rise to the level of the performances of Hannah, Oh and others, it is nonetheless engaging, not without humor and an aura of authenticity.
There's a lot of tepid exotic dancing as the girls' writhe and slither around the pole.
After a full hour of Iguana I was watching the DVD counter tick by in slow motion.
Too often the uneven script is either hopelessly strained or tediously lackadaisical.
The result is a very believable strip club, inhabited by cardboard-thin protagonists who come across as caricatures more than actual people.
A beautifully downbeat view of the dancers and their coworkers' as they spiral lower and lower.
Showgirls is, of course, the gold standard of the genre, so rigorously deranged it approached perfection. This one is the aluminum standard.
The strippers each fit into nice clearly delineated archetypes (a function of most strippers' personas, but one you don't expect to be as well defined in their real lives).
Audience Reviews for Dancing At The Blue Iguana
This film gives a very poignant, truthful, insightful, and artistic look into the world of exotic dancing. Great performances by a talented ensemble cast. Definitely worth a look or two.More
It is mainly about five women who dance and make their living at a strip club called The Blue Iguana. The women seem to be looking for some kind of redemption of the sorts but I didn't find any or couldn't understand what was going on. Some of the women are shown as hysterical with no sense of self worth whatsoever and need to calm their nerves by indulging in alcohol and smoking ciggarettes.
There is one girl who seems sort of straight played by Sandra Oh who loves going to poetry sessions and becomes attracted to a guy there. Daryl Hannah is the worst in this picture because her character is pretty depressing and lost. Im not really sure what made her take on a role like this but embarrassing nonetheless. Meg Tilly's performance is also a very sad let down. Michael Radford's film is a disappointment and maybe his picture would have worked if he just sat down and really worked on a polished screenplay instead of trying to do a Robert Altman improvasational ensemble piece. Maybe Paul Thomas Anderson could have made this a little more enjoyable.
NOTE: Although I put down Darryl Hannah's perfomance her documentary "Strip Notes" is more gritty and fascinating then Radford's movie.
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