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10 Movies…With Endearing Strippers (Like ‘Afternoon Delight’)

I’ve never been to a strip club, not just because they’re degrading to women, but because they’re degrading to everybody. A red-lit room with “college students” sadly gyrating to a Warrant song doesn’t sound great. And Hollywood has spoiled me on strippers—I am to presume they all are plucky, have hearts of gold, and/or enjoy taking their clothes off for weirdos with too many small bills.

Like Juno Temple in this week’s Afternoon Delight, here are 10 other movies with happy-go-lucky softcore sex workers.

Flashdance

Sort of like how your grandpa uses old-timey words (like “breeches” instead of “pants”), back in the old-timey days of the 1980s, they called “stripping “flashdancing,” and it was a good way to supplement your income as a steel worker and/or dance student.

Closer

Nothing gets me hotter than when a stripper discusses gender identity and psychosexual politics during a lapdance. #notouching(becauseweareallofusemotionallyimmature)

The Full Monty

It’s charming, because the guys are nobody you would want to see naked, and they do it to earn money because they lost all their jobs, although I don’t understand how they make any money, because they are nobody you would want to see naked, and the audience is just their wives mostly, so it’s all the same money.

Butter

Amidst this quirky comedy about Midwestern butter carving is Olivia Wilde as a batshit crazy stripper determined to destroy those who wronged her. She is frightening and hilarious.

We’re the Millers

I have not seen this movie, but the ad campaign, which consisted entirely of “JENNIFER ANISTON IS A STRIPPER IN THIS MOVIE,” was inescapable.

The Hangover

The always enthusiastic Heather Graham plays the world’s most enthusiastic stripper and shotgun stripper-wife.

Showgirls

Alright, so nothing in this movie is endearing, as the characters are all loathsome assholes. But Gina Gershon is really damn entertaining. As she’s explained before, when she got to the set, she realized the movie was going to be garbage, so she dropped all of her preconceived notions about her character and went amazingly, entertainingly, high-camp. This might as well be a drag show.

Planet Terror
I’d probably go to strip clubs if the strippers had leg-cannons.

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The Wrestler

A movie about someone getting too old for their jobs, which involves an increasingly uncomfortable physical intimacy performed while nearly nude in exchange for a lack of dignity and not much money. And Marisa Tomei plays an aging stripper, too.

Dogma

Salma Hayek is a stripper, but really an immortal muse…but she refused to help get Home Alone made. Everybody has their standards.




  • Mordalo

    We’re the Millers is right up there with This is the End as one of the funniest movies this Summer.