Such is Dave Payne's story in Just Can't Get Enough, a docudrama that looks like it was made for TV -- as long as you don't consider the near-constant nudity (male and female). Reminiscent of Boogie Nights, the film begins as the story of a do-gooder business student (Jonathan Aube) who wants to work at Chippendale's as a manager, but soon he's dancing on stage, losing his girlfriend, and basically watching his life go down the tubes. By the midpoint, the film has become Rated X, the tepid TV biopic about San Francisco strip club pioneers, the Mitchell brothers.
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And while I can understand how laziness can motivate a writer/director to base yet another movie on waitstaff working thankless jobs in a restaurant while dreaming of lives on the outside (just imagine how big the audience of waiters and waitresses must be!), I can't begin to fathom why he'd title that film In the Weeds -- and why a studio like Miramax would allow that title to stick on the eventual straight-to-DVD release that occurs five years after the film's production.
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The film is expected to continue without Mendes' involvement.