91/100 (9.1 out of 10)
Way to subvert expectations, Michelle Lynn!
This script and story surprised us in a way that it took a controversial, edgy subject like exotic dancing/strip and flipped it on its head! What you expect to be a typical raunchy romance turns into a somewhat heartwarming and insightful story about a young woman in New York City trying to live her dream of becoming a superstar, winding up finding an outlet for her dancing, acting, and even writing ability in a gentleman's club of all places! How interesting is that!
“Silver Lights” is the name of said gentleman's club. The protagonist, Skylar, is actually a very sympathetic character. No, she doesn't have a family member with a terminal illness, she isn't homeless, she isn't treated like trash and told she'll never be any good—nothing like that. Yet, somehow she still pulls us along on this wild journey of hers, and we're willing to go there with her because we care about her and her dream. What's more is that she actually seems to have a religious conviction of some sort and even prays. That's right, this stripper/exotic dancer/lap dancer actually reaches out to God from time to time like a modern day Mary Magdalene!
What makes this script/story so interesting is that it actually brings us into the world of exotic dancing without all the sensationalism you might expect. Skylar is about as clueless and naive as we are about all of this, so she's learning right along with us. It's surprisingly fun and often humorous!
If you're familiar with “Handbook for Mortals” by Lani Sarem, this is similar in terms of story but with a much more likable protagonist, less actual “magic” (but some theatrical magic), and less hokey love triangles. There's also an element of actual mystery and even a scandal that enfolds! This script is so much more than meets the eye!
Check it out!