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 this group of skilled tradesmen who are often viewed merely as intimidating thugs. The film's hard-driving score comes courtesy of Samantha Maloney, drummer for the rock band Hole.


Critic Reviews for Bounce: Behind the Velvet Rope

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

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.

Sep 7, 2001 | Rating: 2.5/4

[A] casually shot and loosely assembled film.

Sep 7, 2001 | Rating: 2/5

A compelling examination of masculinity and machismo.

Sep 6, 2001

Mindless, shoddy.

Sep 4, 2001

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.

Sep 26, 2004

Bouncing here doesn't look like fun, but the film is.

Dec 9, 2001 | Full Review…

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