Gene Graham’s “This One’s for the Ladies,” the first NC-17 documentary released in over a decade, profiles a group of male strippers in Newark, New Jersey and the fans who adore them.
Made in response to the lack of black representation in 2012’s “Magic Mike” starring Channing Tatum, but enhanced with a similar (if more pointed) sensitivity toward economic struggle and collective strength, Graham’s film is drawn to the dingiest recreation center in New Jersey because there’s something beautiful about what happens there every Thursday night.
It’s a kind of communal transformation: A multi-purpose space becomes a dance floor, a kitchen becomes a potluck, ex-cons become superheroes, and mothers who are holding their families together by a thread become fangirls.
“This One’s for the Ladies” is currently playing at the AMC Magic Johnson Harlem 9. It will expand to more theaters in New York City and Los Angeles on June 14.
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