Dancing At The Blue Iguana (2000)
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The personal lives of five exotic dancers go under the microscope in this drama, the first American feature from director Michael Radford. Eddie (Robert Wisdom) is the manager of a strip club in suburban California known as the Blue Iguana, where he keeps an eye on the women who make their living dancing for his customers. Stormy (Sheila Kelley) is an attractive, thick-skinned woman who is getting old enough to realize her days as a dancer may be numbered. Jo (Jennifer Tilly) likes to think of
Sep 1, 2000 Wide
Dec 25, 2001
Keystone Entertainment - Official Site
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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.
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).
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