Vice

Director-writer John Woodward compiled actual trial transcripts for this 2000 courtroom farce about a stripper (Maxine Bahns) who's been arrested for public lewdness during a police sting operation. Her two impeccably logical attorneys (Bo Hopkins and Jeff Meek) grill one cop after another, revealing them to be hypocritical yahoos who crave sexual excitement at the public's expense. The film is a crafty mix of satire and polemics, but Woodward relies too much on his actors' broad strokes, parking the camera in front of the witness box for much of the film, and the caricatured performances tend to undercut the authenticity that gives the humor its bite. With Bellary Darden-Davis as the repressed, unrelenting prosecutor. 90 min.

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