The Joy and Misery of Entertaining in the Nude

Channing Tatum in Magic Mike (Photo: Warner Bros.) and Marisa Tomei in The Wrestler (Photo: Fox Searchlight). Notice the lighting in both.

The 2003 British romp Calendar Girls aside, movies and TV rarely play women stripping strictly for laughs — unless the comedy is mostly unintentional (see Showgirls and Striptease). Marisa Tomei’s exotic dancer in The Wrestler led a pretty grim life that…

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