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Stripped (2002)




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Playwright Jill Morley worked as a dancer at a low-rent strip club in New Jersey before her drama +The True Adventures of a Go-Go Girl became an off-Broadway success. Eager to allow others to see the gritty realities of a stripper's life, rather than the glossy melodramatics of most fictional films on the subject, Morley directed the documentary Stripped, in which she introduces audiences to four women who worked the club scene with her during her lean years. Each woman has her own reasons for working as a stripper; Vicky, who was taunted for her looks as a teenager, used her income as a dancer to pay for plastic surgery (and cover other medical bills), which she claims has boosted her self-esteem. Billie wants a career as an actress and views stripping as a way to pay the bills while she goes on auditions and tries to get her foot in the door. Angela is a struggling artist trying to finance her career however she can. And Susan is a single mother with a family to support who dances to pull herself out of debt. These strippers don't get rich off of their work (they might make $200 on a better-than-average night), and most feel a certain amount of shame, anger, or regret about their work. Stripped received an enthusiastic reception in its screening at the 2001 Santa Barbara Film Festival.


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All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

Far from sleek and polished, in the manner of HBO, but it's much the better for it. Ms. Morley leaves in her contradictions and loose ends, where a more 'professional' approach to this material would probably try to obscure them behind slick graphics.

August 8, 2002
New York Times
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Self-involved, amateurish, and unoriginal doc.

August 6, 2002
Village Voice
Top Critic

There are no stunning revelations herein, but then, that's not why you're going to go see it, is it?

August 30, 2002

Audience Reviews for Stripped

It is amazing how life will always come full circle when you least expect it. I watched this movie on Netflix streaming about the life of dancers at regular and lower end clubs in the NY/NJ area in the late 90s by the looks of things. The sound quality was pretty bad, but the cinematography was 100% 90s art house so that was expected. I'm not quite sure what her point was with the film, but it was a good POV into the complex feelings dancers have (I assume). The one things that caught my attention was the story of the missing woman. Years and years ago I bought the movie Red Light: Inside the Sex Industry, which really turned my whole world upside down and started my interest in working with and counseling sex workers. One of the dancers in the film worked on the book and disappeared after it came out. The book shined a bright light on sex trafficking long before the general public knew about America's dirty little secret.

Zandra Ellis
Zandra Ellis

Another interesting documentary that explores the sex industry and the women that work in it. The production and post production were definitely in need of some help. The quality was pretty bad.

Lauren Scheier
Lauren Scheier

A damn self-indulgent documentary trying to follow a handful of women in their stripping career. Boobs, sure. But thats about it. Wawawa; I was shy, I was a dork, I wore glasses, now Im empowered because greasy men grovel at me.


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