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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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Runtime:

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

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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Sinhala
Performed by Banco de Gaia
Courtesy of Gecko Records and Six Degrees Records
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Interesting for the Right Person
17 March 2002 | by benjmSee all my reviews

I thought this movie was a very worthwhile rental. However, it is not for everyone. Here is what I enjoyed:

1. Extremely convincing acting; 2. Sophisticated scripting and edits; 3. Intelligent dialog; 4. Interesting use of digital video (think grainy "Blair Witch" shots); 5. Some hot sex scenes; 6. Characters that interested me; 7. Deals with very raw and real emotions for these characters; 8. Director doesn't spoon feed the viewer. Some things in the scenes are better left unsaid, and they are left implicit for the viewer to grasp. I enjoy being treated as intelligent; 9. I appreciate the take on the dark side of Internet wiz-kids; 10. The movie succeeded in getting me to feel the mood of the characters very well. The feelings you are left with after watching the film--the ambiguity, the desire, the bitter-sweet frustration, even the slight weariness--enhanced the impact of the film for me.

What you May Not Care For:

1. Was I able to relate to the main male character only because I am a male involved in high-tech field?

2. Very slow pace. This is about burning emotions, coy dialog, and appreciation of believable acting. It's very cerebral. Not a typical drama by any means.

3. If you want to see even more sex, then rent a porn film. The sex here is not just about sex, but about adult loneliness and other adult themes.

4. There is a lot of subtle symbolism and fragments of dialog that you have to pay attention to get the most out of the film.

5. Many people who did not groove with the director as a whole would think the beginning, middle and ending was too slow and not satisfying.

6. If you don't appreciate the challenge of shooting realistic looking digital video in poorly-lit situations you may think the photography sucked. I didn't, it worked for me, but it's not for everyone.

7. Confusing cross-cutting scenes forward and backward in time. I thought it was very appropriate, but it could annoy others looking for simpler fare.

8. Too many things left unsaid in the dialog to be totally clear what is going on. I liked this, thought if very appropriate for what the characters were experiencing, and it made it feel much more voyeuristic, even kinky. Again, not for everyone.

9. You may not be able to get beyond the fact you are supposed to feel sorry for an Internet Wiz Millionaire and a confused young stripper who gets paid a lot of money for one weekend in Vegas. On the hand, they are still just two human beens and that is, I think, the whole point...

10. If you are a horny person looking for naked woman with big boobs I think the film will leave you, well, kind of flat.

In short, an interesting film for a young guy involved in high-tech and likes to think...


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