It's nine am. You've just dropped your kid off at school. Pickup is at four. No one knows where you are, and no one needs you. So what now?
Rachel is a quick-witted and lovable, yet tightly coiled thirty-something steeped in the creative class of Los Angeles's bohemian, affluent Silver Lake neighbourhood. Everything looks just right - chic modernist home, successful husband, adorable child, hipster wardrobe. But when she visits a strip club to spice up her marriage and gets a private dance from McKenna, something cracks open.
Rachel returns to the scene of the dance to get to know McKenna and, soon after, adopt her as a live-in nanny. This bold move unleashes unimagined and colourful waves of change into Rachel's life, marriage and community.
Wow, I'm not entirely sure how to sum up this movie except to say its defiantly a very different type of movie. By the time it finished I had a very deep appreciation of my own life and how good things are - to have family, friends (and in particular my husband and little girl), not to mention a teaching job as my work and just a generally good life that I enjoy. So very very different to the characters and storyline of this movie.
Rachel and her husband have everything - a beautiful flash home, have all the latest gadgets and belong to all the right crowds/groups. But underneath all of that they have a rather troubled relationship where Rachel is struggling with her husband always working and the pair have not had a romantic relationship in more than six months. As an attempt to spark things up she goes to a strip club and that's what starts the wheels turning in the downwards spiral. The girl who Rachel gets a lap dance from ends up moving into Rachel's family home, employed as a nanny for their child and all sorts of drama's begin to unfold. Sex scene's and just the general ideas explored make me agree with the 18+ rating this movie has.
While there is some great acting that happens as the storyline unfolds further, this movie is sometimes a little slow. In saying that I don't know if perhaps I just felt this way as I couldn't really relate to what was happening - I don't have those issues with my own husband and I don't have friends of family who are strippers to know what that type of lifestyle is like. I guess in this way, the movie was very eye opening and sad to think this is how people out there live, how they lead their lives.
I am glad to have watched this movie, as any movie I've been able to watch is enjoyable to me (even if it wasn't the greatest movie out at the time). In saying that I wouldn't pay to see the film again or bother watching it again in my own home. For this reason I don't necessarily recommend to others to race out to watch it but simply say to watch it if you have the time or think it sounds like something you would enjoy but do so with the warning that it is definitely a very different type of movie.
There are some movies which really make you appreciate your own life. Watching this I realise how lucky I really am - a loving husband, 2 great kids, our own place and I love my life.
Rachel is the mother to one child and is married to a work-a-holic. From the outside they seem like they have everything - a flash house, belong to all the school groups, have all the mod cons - but behind closed doors they are just ships passing at the night. They have not had relations over six month and in attempt to jazz up there lives they go to a strip club where she has a lap dance and her life changes.
The movie itself is rather depressing as you are watching a lady realise her life is nothing. She gave up her job to be a mother and when that got too hard she got a nanny. Her husband is so wrapped up in work that he does not realise how depressed she really is. She wants to change it and make it more exciting but like the saying goes 'be careful what you wish for'.
Jane Lynch plays a convincing therapist who is more excited to talk about her own life than listen to her clients. I love her and she brings in some of her Sue Sylvester sassiness. I am not sure why it has an R18 rating - there is some sex scenes but nothing extreme and the movie is rather slow and dramatised. There was only the one part in the movie that made me feel uncomfortable but that was more because of the way Rachel was acting then what was going on. She is extremely awkward and unsure of herself and it comes across.
McKenna the bright on stripper gives direct dialogue and plays the part really well. She is naive to a point but also knows what she is doing and is not ashamed to tell people about it. I myself would never put myself in this position so could not really relate to most of the characters. It is not the sort of movie I would recommend mainly because nothing happens, no action, no story your just watching someone's life and in a way it is boring. I believe your in charge of your happiness and if you are unhappy with how things are going then change it.
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