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The Center of the World (2001)

Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 18 May 2001 (Italy)
A couple checks into a suite in Las Vegas. In flashbacks we see that he's a computer whiz on the verge of becoming a dot.com millionaire, she's a lap dancer at a club. He's depressed, ... See full summary »

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Richard Longman
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Florence
Maryjane Green ...
Lap Dancer (as Karry Brown)
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Pandora Stripper
Mel Gorham ...
Roxanne
Lisa Newlan ...
Porn Site Woman
Jason McCabe ...
Pete (as Jason Mccabe Calacanis)
Travis Miljan ...
Dog Owner
Jerry Sherman ...
Old Man
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Jerri
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Taxi Driver
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Brian Pivano
Robert Lefkowitz ...
Motel Manager
John Lombardo ...
Gondolier
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A couple checks into a suite in Las Vegas. In flashbacks we see that he's a computer whiz on the verge of becoming a dot.com millionaire, she's a lap dancer at a club. He's depressed, withdrawing from work, missing meetings with investors. He wants a connection, so he offers her $10,000 to spend three nights with him in Vegas, and she accepts with conditions: four hours per night of erotic play, and no penetration. During the days in Vegas, they get to know each other, have fun, meet a friend of hers; at night, at least after the first night, things seem to get complicated. Is mutual attraction stirring? Will they play by their rules? Can it be about more than money? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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18 May 2001 (Italy)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$67,809 (USA) (20 April 2001)

Gross:

$1,096,037 (USA) (13 July 2001)
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Trivia

As evidenced on the DVD, even the director, Wayne Wang, sums up the movie incorrectly as being about a guy who meets a stripper in a strip club. No, he met her at a coffee shop where he had seen her several times before, he introduced himself, they talked, he asked her what she did, and she told him she was a drummer, but that she supported herself by being a stripper. See more »

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When Jerri is yelling at Florence in the hotel room, the crew and equipment are reflected in the mirror. See more »

Quotes

[About Richard's gift of $2000.]
Jerri: What planet is he from?
Florence: I'm still trying to figure that out.
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References Random Harvest (1942) See more »

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Black Cat Bone
Written by Guy Fixsen and Margaret Fiedler
Performed by Laika
Courtesy of Too Pure Records (Beggars Banquet)
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Very sensual and daring
11 September 2003 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

It's hard to find a truly erotic movie made in America. Most mainstream films have little sex/no nudity and a whole lot of violence. And what constitutes "erotic art" in films is made up horribly contrived, unbelievable Cinemax/Playboy movies. That lack any real heat and are amazingly unsexy and boring.

So a film like "Center of the World" is a rare gem. It actually is sensual, erotic and the participants in the sex scenes seem comfortable and actually engaged in what they are doing. The scenes do not come off as awkward or simulated. Which is the challenge for any film director. To make the audience believe what they are seeing is real.

What's special here is that a great actress who one would actually like to see do nudity/sexual material, has the lead female role. There's no body doubles here and Molly seems really comfortable with the nudity and explicit sex scenes. She looks absolutely gorgeous throughout the movie. And is not the traditional, cookie butter starlet that is churned out in a 1,001 Cinemax skin flicks.

Hollywood should make more of these films. Unfortunately, I think during this age of "sexual repression" in the arts, our natural human sexual needs will continue to be hidden from view on both the big and small screens.


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