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Molly Parker, Peter Sarsgaard. The controversial, critically acclaimed erotic battle of wills between a computer genius and a stripper. 2001/color/88 min/NR.
The titular center of the world is a matter of perspective in Wayne Wang's (The Joy Luck Club, Smoke) notorious, explicit drama of emotional isolation and sexual commerce in the modern world. According to rich, apathetic cyber-geek Peter Sarsgaard (Boys Don't Cry), it's his home computer. Amateur rock & roll drummer and part-time stripper Molly Parker (Wonderland) deems it an erotic part of the female anatomy. Their "date" is merely a sexual contract that takes them to Las Vegas, a place as phony and impersonal as their so-called romance. "You know it's just an act, right?" she reminds him between her slinky bump-and-grind striptease shows and their sweaty sexual gymnastics.
The Internet makes a great metaphor for modern social alienation, with its impersonal communication and virtual sex, but there's not much else new in this familiar story other than the erotic content. Shot on dimly lit, high-definition video, the gray, washed palette sucks the glamour and titillation right out of the spectacle, turning it into an empty, soulless exercise in physical sensation and self delusion--appropriate to this story of lonely souls unable to break through their own isolation. --Sean Axmaker
"The Center of the World" has a very Mike Figgis feel to it (never a compliment in my book), although it happens to be directed by Wayne Wang... Read more
I actually bought this movie in 2001 on DVD, and finally settled down to watch it this week.
Even after reading through the reviews, I decided to judge this movie for... Read more
Movie is just okay at best. I was hoping for a better movie, it is an independent movie but even so the camera quality is very poor and grainy.Published 7 months ago by Aaron Gerber
An in depth study of some real deep psychological issues. Done really well. Believable characters.Published 8 months ago by Responder
interesting film. i really liked it. not for the kids though. A+++++++++Published 11 months ago by Dita von Krieg
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