Kandyland

  • 1988
  • Movie
  • R
  • Drama

Taking itself far too seriously, KANDYLAND is not so much a movie as an excuse to show off a number of strippers performing their dance routines. Former Playboy centerfold Kim Evenson stars as a pretty young Californian struggling to make it financially. When she meets Bergman, a stripper whose career as a ballerina never materialized, she lands a job stripping...read more

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Taking itself far too seriously, KANDYLAND is not so much a movie as an excuse to show off a number of strippers performing their dance routines. Former Playboy centerfold Kim Evenson stars as a pretty young Californian struggling to make it financially. When she meets Bergman, a stripper

whose career as a ballerina never materialized, she lands a job stripping at Kandyland, a trendy, neon-lit, yuppie strip joint. Bergman offers to teach the eager Evenson the ropes, insisting that stripping "isn't something you just stand up and you do--it's an art." With half of the film's running

time devoted to topless dancing girls, not much room is left for a plot. Still, although the film's beginning is painfully slow, by the second half some actual character study and complexity develops--a real rarity in this sort of film. The relationship between Evenson and her macho mechanic boy

friend, Charles Laulette, begins typically, but eventually reveals an innocent quality in which both characters truly love each other. Evenson, though no great actress, has an ingratiating ingenuity that takes over when her acting fails. The rest of the film is peppered with some eccentric

characters who add life to the picture, namely Baum, as the club comic; Keyes, as the dumb bouncer; and Toy, as the crippled club owner. The film also contains much technical flash in its production design, lighting, and editing--though in the end it's still little more than an excuse to

titillate.

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  • Released: 1988
  • Rating: R
  • Review: Taking itself far too seriously, KANDYLAND is not so much a movie as an excuse to show off a number of strippers performing their dance routines. Former Playboy centerfold Kim Evenson stars as a pretty young Californian struggling to make it financially. W… (more)

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