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The Center of the World (2001)

Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 18 May 2001 (Italy)
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A successful computer engineer meets a stripper in a cafe. He offers her $10000 and she offers 3 days and nights of no penetration in Vegas.

Director:

Wayne Wang

Writers:

Wayne Wang (story), Miranda July (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shane Edelman ... Porter
Peter Sarsgaard ... Richard Longman
Molly Parker ... Florence
Maryjane Green Maryjane Green ... Lap Dancer (as Karry Brown)
Alisha Klass ... Pandora Stripper
Mel Gorham ... Roxanne
Lisa Newlan Lisa Newlan ... Porn Site Woman
Jason McCabe Jason McCabe ... Pete (as Jason Mccabe Calacanis)
Travis Miljan Travis Miljan ... Dog Owner
Jerry Sherman Jerry Sherman ... Old Man
Carla Gugino ... Jerri
Pat Morita ... Taxi Driver
Balthazar Getty ... Brian Pivano
Robert Lefkowitz Robert Lefkowitz ... Motel Manager
John Lombardo John Lombardo ... Gondolier
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 May 2001 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Center of the World See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$67,809, 22 April 2001

Gross USA:

$1,101,344

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,460,687
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »

Goofs

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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Connections

References Random Harvest (1942) See more »

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Rattlebone
Performed by Robbie Robertson
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Capitol Music Special Markets
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UNEVEN FILM, BUT WHAT A PERFORMANCE
14 September 2003 | by SwampfoxSee all my reviews

If you decide to rent this film or catch it on HBO (which seems to run it several times a month these days), know up front that it is uneven and ultimately doesn't really end up anywhere interesting. The writer/director Wang was trapped with only two possible outcomes, granted. But after the level of trust his performers put into him, he owed them and us something more satisfying than where the movie takes the audience. However, the performance of Molly Parker makes watching this film more than worth the failings of the script.

No one, NO ONE, came close to what she does in this film that year. If you have any respect left for the choices the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members, not to mention most of the critic groups, don't watch this movie. The fact that Parker was completely overlooked, while Julie Robert's over-hyped, far-short-of-spectacular turn in ERIN BROCKOVICH got the accolades, shows what total rubbish these critical popularity horse races really are. In CENTER OF THE WORLD Parker gives an astoundingly brave performance. Yet it is the nuanced, subtle touches that show the viewer her character's shifting attitudes that make it such a stand-out job.

Without a single line of expository dialogue to illuminate the internal one, one can follow the character's struggle to maintain the control she thought she had on her own emotions. The idea that some young people have the wisdom of adults without having had the experiences to form that wisdom and what happens when they face situations that test them in a similiar fashion is very intriguing. Its a shame the film cannot match the effort Parker puts into it. Peter Sarsgaard does a 180 degree flip from his turn in BOYS DON'T CRY and while not as amazing as Parker, he does fine job too. His character is more of a now stock one: the brilliant guy with immature sexual development.

But above all else, bravo Ms Parker, BRAVO!


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