"La Bare," actor
Being sold as "the true stories behind the magic," the movie is a pretty straightforward menu of performance footage and interviews with the club's dancers, past and present — including one still-grinding, slightly wrinkly veteran of 33 years who represents both.
No real context is given for what made male stripping such a late 20th century phenomenon. Meanwhile, the history of La Bare is summed up early (elaborate choreography), then dispensed with so Manganiello can proceed with his feature-length commercial for the joint.
Interviewees — a tatted, cheery bunch from all walks who are tagged on-screen with their stage names in quotes, like "David" or "Bo" — talk about the perks and hassles as if it were a training video, getting suitably misty on cue when discussing a beloved colleague who was murdered.
For the most part, if "La Bare" had snarky voice-over narration, it could be a segment on "The Colbert Report."
MPAA rating: R for sexual content, language, brief graphic nudity.
Running time: 1 hour, 29 minutes.