THIS ONE’S FOR THE LADIES is about male strippers and the women who love them. It’s hilarious. It’s sexy. It’s a little raunchy. But somewhere along the way the movie pivots into a conversation about race, class, family, sisterhood and community.

Here’s what people are saying about the LADIES:

Saw this beautiful documentary about black male strippers in Jersey and their super fans and haven’t stopped thinking about it. Gene Graham talks more eloquently about poverty, race, police than most works I’ve seen specifically about those things…

CARVELL WALLACE / NYT Magazine, Slate, GQ, the Guardian

It’s funny. It’s hot. And many of the interviews are so compassionate and complex, they could easily be iconic if the documentary gets a large enough audience. It feels like the Paris Is Burning of underground male strippers. 

CHASE BURNS / The Stranger

To describe This One’s For The Ladies as merely a film about stripping would be to do it a complete disservice. The picture is a heartwarming, reflective, poignant portrait of the intersections of black life in America, focused on the women who uphold the community in a space of pure escape, joy and control.

IFAMA / Gal-Dem

The film daringly takes on many difficult, multi-edged topics, from addiction and sexuality to poverty and race, all through the fresh lens of male strip culture. It forces the viewer to pay attention and consider these issues in ways they haven’t before.

JASON FONTELIEU / The Diamondback

The story of a New Jersey band of African-American male strippers and their fans is outrageously funny and raunchy, but switches gears just at the right point to explore the humanity of its subjects, touching on subjects of race, homelessness and community.

MIKE VANDERBILT / Fandor.com

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