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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.

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Wayne Wang

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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:

A világ közepe See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$67,809, 22 April 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,096,037, 15 July 2001
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Molly Parker did not simulate self-pleasuring for her masturbation scene - she played it for real. 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

Florence: Women want to feel desired. And men love it when their women make that extra effort to be desirable. After all, without sex, none of us would be born. And we are all born out of a woman's cunt. It is the center of the world. And the more we can do to glorify that holy spot, the more we're doing for mankind.
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Featured in Indie Sex: Extremes (2007) See more »

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Performed by Robbie Robertson
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Very sensual and daring
11 September 2003 | by mdinfo1See 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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