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MOVIE INFO

Director:
Jay Leggett
Cast:
Mike Hatton, Dave Foley, Har Mar Superstar, Bree Olson, Andy Dick
Writing Credits:
Jay Leggett and Mike Hatton

Tagline:
A Stripped Down Comedy.

Synopsis:
When Shane inherits a gentleman s club from his estranged uncle, he leaves his Midwestern home for party life of Los Angeles. Once he arrives, Shane finds the club run by a booze hound (Dave Foley), employing a horde of wild, sexy strippers and on the verge of bankruptcy. Now, he must save his inheritance, while possibly making strip club history in the process!

MPAA:
Not Rated

DISC DETAILS
Presentation:
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1/16X9
Audio:
English Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles:
None
Closed-captioned
Supplements Subtitles:
None

Runtime: 99 min.
Price: $24.98
Release Date: 8/19/2014

Bonus:
• Deleted Scenes
• Previews


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Live Nude Girls (2014)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (September 14, 2014)

Fans of The Simpsons will remember a Season Seven episode in which Bart and his friends acquire fake IDs. Among other activities, they use these to see an “R”-rated movie and choose Naked Lunch. After this screening, Nelson complains, “I can think of at least two things wrong with that title.”

Nelson could’ve made that same comment about 1995’s Live Nude Girls. The title promised a bawdy comedy with plenty of skin, whereas the end result delivered a women’s movie in the Sex in the City vein.

The phrase gets a new shot to live up to expectations via 2014’s Live Nude Girls, a film totally unrelated to the 1995 effort. Set in 1985, Shane (Mike Hatton) inherits his uncle’s strip joint. Along with deadbeat pal Tommy (Har Mar Superstar), he heads to Los Angeles to take over its operation.

Once Shane arrives, he discovers drugged-up manager Harry (Dave Foley) and a club with all sorts of trouble. A former Wall Street whiz kid, Shane attempts to rehabilitate the seedy club and make it a successful destination.

I admit I gave Girls a look partially because of the “nude” in the title. However, I didn’t view it solely due to the skin factor; with some decent talent involved, I hoped it’d provide an amusing little comedy.

Alas, Girls flops in every way possible. It doesn’t even succeed in terms of nudity. We get occasional topless shots, but given the movie’s reliance on porn stars with absurd fake boobs, these seem less than stimulating.

Beyond the lack of interesting nudity, Girls fails in virtually every other way. Painfully amateurish, the movie displays next to no redeeming qualities. The only minor positive comes from Foley, as he almost manages some humor from his role. I’d assume he improvised most of his lines, as he creates material that shows signs of life.

Everything else flops miserably. The movie doesn’t really bother with a plot; sure, it features plot-like elements, but it usually feels like a conglomeration of comedic escapades around which a loose story got built.

That might not be so bad if the quality of those tidbits satisfied. They don’t, as we don’t find much that will provoke a smile, much less actual laughs. Most of the actors show little talent, and even those with real skill get left out in the cold by the thin, lifeless script.

It doesn’t help that the project looks like it cost 27 cents to shoot. The movie comes with a cheap, tacky feel that one might think is intentional to reflect the seedy strip joint setting. I don’t believe this is the case, though; I think Girls is just a movie shot with little budget and less talent.

Even with low expectations, Girls disappoints. Ugly, stupid and pointless, it becomes a waste of 99 minutes.


The DVD Grades: Picture C-/ Audio D+/ Bonus D+

Live Nude Girls appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.78:1; the image has been enhanced for 16X9 televisions. This became a bland presentation.

Sharpness was one an up and down element. Some shots provided pretty nice clarity, while others could be rough and ill-defined. General focus seemed erratic, so it could be tough to decide how many of the problems stemmed from the original photography. I noticed no edge enhancement, but occasional examples of jagged edges and shimmering appeared. Source flaws remained absent.

Colors tended to be messy. Some shots offered moderate vivacity, but most of the hues were heavy and runny. Along the same path, blacks tended to be somewhat wan, while shadows usually appeared a bit opaque and dense. Aspects of the transfer satisfied, but much of it looked mediocre at best.

The film’s Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack was also something f a mess. Occasional instances of stereo music appeared, but those were erratic. Much of the material seemed monaural, and “weird monaural” at that, like one song that mainly emanated from the right speaker. Effects and dialogue rarely broadened outside of the center.

Audio quality was problematic, especially in terms of dialogue. Speech recorded on the set sounded edgy and brittle, while looped material seemed artificial and dodgy. I managed to understand the lines but they never sounded natural.

Nothing else satisfied either. Music was thin and flat, while effects appeared tinny and without heft. This was a consistently flawed soundtrack.

Deleted Scenes fill a total of five minutes, 16 seconds. Most of these show little additions like more from the “video diaries” and a longer version of Shane’s bad TV commercial. The only semi-substantial sequence shows parts of Captain Lieutenant’s show and its aftermath, though some of this material also appears during the end credits. None of it amuses.

The disc opens with ads for 10 Rules for Sleeping Around and Back in the Day. No trailer for Girls shows up here.

While Live Nude Girls wants to deliver a throwback to wild 80s comedy, it lacks any positive qualities. Saddled with cheap production values, idiotic jokes and poor acting, it turns into a painful experience. The DVD suffers from ugly visuals, messy audio and a dearth of bonus materials. A combination of bad movie and weak DVD, viewers should avoid this stinker.

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