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Parents Guide for
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This movie centers around a strip club, its employees, and its visitors. Throughout the movie, women are shown topless many times, and the exotic dancers are shown dressing and undressing in the normal course of their work. In many scenes, only a skimpy thong bottom separates an on-screen character from complete nudity. There are also several scenes showing women in bikinis.

In the first brief exotic dancing scene, a woman in a bikini unclasps the top and flashes her cleavage and areolae. Later she is seen dancing with the top hanging fully open, exposing her nipples as well. Other women dancing on stage at the same time are shown topless, wearing only skimpy thong bottoms, so that we clearly see their bared breasts and buttocks. There are several other brief scenes like this throughout the movie.

Demi Moore has several exotic dancing scenes in the movie: three in the club, two at a private venue, and one at home. These scenes average roughly three minutes each, and constitute the bulk of the nudity in this movie. The other exotic dancing scenes are brief, often only a few seconds long.

In Ms. Moore's first stripping scene, she is interrupted before she can remove her top by one club patron attacking another. She spends most of the scene in a skimpy bikini.

Ms. Moore starts her next dance scene in a negligee, bra, and string bikini thong panties. She soon tosses the negligee, revealing that the bra is sheer, with opaque bits of decoration covering her areolae and nipples. She dances for about three minutes in this outfit, then she then removes the bra, dancing topless for a further half minute or so. Though we are seeing Ms. Moore almost completely unclad throughout the bulk if this scene, the sexuality of the scene comes more from the way she moves and strokes her body than by the amount of skin she is showing.

In a later scene of similar length and character, Ms. Moore's character is seen dancing topless by her prepubescent daughter, who clearly has no notion of the social meaning of what she is seeing while peeking past the curtain blocking the backstage passage. The girl also sees another dancer topless backstage.

In Ms. Moore's two private performances for one of the main characters, we see less sensuality and no more skin than in her stage routines. Her second private performance is interrupted by plot developments at a point where she has gotten down to an opaque teddy, which Ms. Moore wears through the last quarter of the movie.

For the most part, this movie only uses nudity to advance the plot, rather than to titillate the viewer.

There is no overt sexuality in the movie. There is not even any kissing.


One man attacks another on a stage, hitting him with a champagne bottle and knocking him out.

At one point Demi Moore's character has a knife held to her throat by her ex husband in a very threatening manner.

A man pulls another mans arm out of a car window and twists, breaking it.

A dead man is shown in a morgue. His face is shown and it was chewed up by crabs in the water.

A man is knocked out with a rock off-sceen - he is later shown lying there unconscious with a bloody head.

A man is knocked out with a club. he is shown later with a bloody head.


Not Too bad


Demi Moore walks on stage while smoking as part of her show.

Much of the movie is shot in a strip club, where many of the patrons are shown drinking alcohol and smoking.

In other scenes, characters pour single social drinks for themselves.

Two of the main characters are shown heavily intoxicated, multiple times each. In one of the two cases, the character is stoned on a combination of alcohol and "wolf morphine" misappropriated from a veterinary prescription; this character is shown weaving dangerously in a stolen car on a busy highway.


A woman is in the driver's seat of a car when a man rises up from the backseat, grabs her, and holds a knife to her throat. He backs up his physical threat with verbal threats.

Several characters threaten others with guns. Shots are fired in one scene, but no one is hit.

An exotic dancer's boa constrictor chokes her during her stage routine for about a minute while a strong man slowly but forcibly unwinds the snake from around her throat and chest. The scene reads as more comic than frightening; this is a Hiaasen script, after all. A reflective viewer realizes that the woman's life was seriously threatened.

Total Count: 20/50

Rated R for nudity, erotic dancing and language (original rating)
Argentina:16 / Australia:MA / Canada:PA (Manitoba) (also unrated version) / Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) (also unrated version) / Canada:AA (Ontario) (also unrated version) / Canada:13+ (Quebec) / Finland:K-11 / Germany:12 (w) / Iceland:16 / Iceland:14 (original rating) / Iceland:16 (video rating) / Italy:T / Netherlands:16 / Norway:15 / Philippines:R-18 / Portugal:M/16 / Russia:16+ (video rating) / Singapore:M18 / South Korea:18 / Spain:13 / Sweden:11 / UK:15 / USA:R (original rating) / USA:Unrated (video rating) (special edition)

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