The Center of the World Movie Review Summary

Actors: Peter Sarsgaard, Molly Parker

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A computer programmer offers a nude dancer $10,000 to go to Las Vegas and hang out with him, incidentally performing for him in the privacy of their hotel suite. No touching, she stipulates (and implicitly, no emotional involvement). Director Wayne Wang (The Joy Luck Club, Smoke, Blue in the Face) co-wrote this 2001 tale of two lonely, isolated people ironically employed in "communications" professions -- both hungry to connect, yet terrified to do so. There's a lot of nudity, especially for Parker, who turns in a brave and admirable performance of fragile strength and ambivalence. Sarsgaard has less to do, but his role sharply differs from the violent and macho boyfriend/rapist he played in "Boys Don't Cry." Mel Gorham has some brief, fiery scenes as a former "associate" of Parker's, and Pat Morita of the Karate Kid movies has a brief cameo as a taxi driver. A challenging movie that raises discomfiting issues, though a little coldly.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Taboo Sex Story?    -   Yes Kind of sex:    -   rape    -   main character serviced by a prostitute

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   engineer Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West City?    -   Yes City:    -   Las Vegas Misc setting    -   resort/hotel    -   bar

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   actual description of sex    -   seeing breasts    -   seeing nude female butt    -   seeing nude male butt    -   seeing full frontal--women Any profanity?    -   Some foul language

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