"I'm swervin' on dat, swervin', swervin' on dat big body" – Beyoncé, "Drunk in Love"
In Afternoon Delight, Juno Temple takes her cue from Bey's ultra-inspiring sex anthem in her turn as a lap dancer. Stay-at-home mom Rachel (Kathryn Hahn) goes to the strip club with her husband and he "treats" her with a lap dance from McKenna (played by Temple). Only thing is, Rachel becomes a bit too clingy and brings McKenna over to stay (a nice surprise for her hubby). The film has a lot less 'delight' than you'd imagine – but what it lacks in reigning positivity it certainly makes up for in moments of hilarity. There's one scene where McKenna teaches the yummy mummies how to pole dance using a pool noodle. Which brings to mind some other amazing movies augmented by hysterical strip teases.
Sofia Coppola loves a good pole dance. There was pole dancing in Lost in Translation, Somewhere, and the White Stripes's video for "I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself". But this scene in Somewhere takes the cake. A set of identical twin strippers storms into Johnny's hotel room for a stimulating rendition soundtracked by The Foo Fighters's "My Hero". Spoiler: they aren't stimulating enough, and Johnny falls asleep. Womp womp.
To get back at her cagey husband who keeps her at arm's length, Gilda flaunts her curves (albeit conservatively) on stage to the tune of "Put the Blame on Mame". Rita Hayworth's subtle tease via glove removal is enough to get the crowd in a tizzy (this is 1946, remember). "I'm not very good at zippers," she announces at the end of her number, "but maybe if I had some help!" Volunteers come out of the woodwork: "I'm an expert!" Unfortunately, we get stalled at the zip, as her hubby swoops in to drag her away.
Bettie Page has got it! The pin-up princess grabs the spotlight in Teaserama, which isn't necessarily your run-o-the-mill film, and she isn't necessarily a stripper. It's a montage of the best burlesque acts of the 50s. Still, how about a bit of innocent fun with our favourite fringed looker?
There's not actually a whole lot to take off in this scene. So shoot me. However, Isabelle (Eva Green) as the Greek goddess Venus de Milo titillates (giggle) Michael Pitt's character in Bernardo Bertolucci's The Dreamers. It's a Parisian three-way of sexual confusion, set against the sexy backdrop of the student riots of 1968. Jake Gyllenhaal was initially considered for the role of Matthew but turned it down because of the explicit nature of the nude scenes. Together with Theo (Louis Garrel), Isabelle adopts Matthew (Pitt) and takes him on a cultural sexpedition.
More popular overseas than on US soil, this Demi Moore-fronted dramedy was abhorred by critics and won the Golden Raspberry award for Worst Film of 1996. In the film we have a lithe Demi flaunting her assets in order to fund her ongoing custody battle with her ex-husband. For the film, she was given eight assistants (although only one was a personal trainer) and was paid $12 million – the highest fee for an actress at that time. Guess they didn't exactly get a good ROI…
Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror isn't your conventional zombie caper. Forget plastic surgery – Rose McGowan gets a machine gun for a leg. But not until her passion for the pole is greatly displayed during the opening credits. During filming, the stripper pole had to be sanitized due to McGowan's mysophobia (fear of germs).
"Mama, I'm pretty. I'm a pretty girl, mama," Gypsy tells herself while gazing upon her reflection. Mervyn LeRoy's Gypsy is a life-and-times burlesque cruise, based on a real life woman, Gypsy Rose Lee (the film is based on her memoirs). She timidly waltzes on stage and gets behind-the-scenes coaching from her mama, "A glove! Give 'em a glove!" It's oddly entertaining, as the siren soon learns the art of minimalism.
"You're working off the adrenaline of the audience. You're entertaining," Marisa Tomei tells an audience about how she took on her role as a stripper in Darren Aronofsky's The Wrestler. "There was a craft to it, and a strength to it. It's difficult."
"My name is Jane," coos a sultry Natalie Portman in Closer. The Mike Nichols directed flick based on the Patrick Marber play is an interwoven drama centred around two couples. The best part of this film is the real portrayal of its characters, who are wishy washy and indecisive when it comes to love. Portman is candid, and gloriously sexy in her turn as a stripper. And here's a fun bit of trivia: At the beginning of filming, Natalie Portman gave Julia Roberts a necklace that said 'cunt' in honour of their characters' foul mouths. At the end of filming, Julia Roberts gave Natalie Portman a necklace that said 'lil' cunt'.
(Movie trailer voice) From the man who brought you Back to the Future and Who Framed Roger Rabbit comes a sordid tale of a used car salesman who tries to boost his business. Used Cars was only Robert Zemeckis's fourth film, but he took the liberty of including a very scantily clad Betty Thomas complete with nipple pasties to try and help sell the duds Matilda-style.
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