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We have every reason to root for this movie, to pull for it inclusion in the annals of cinematographic history. Unfortunately, it belongs instead in the annals of film history alongside the likes of Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach and Revenge of the Nerds 2: Nerds in Paradise. But so what, that doesn't mean you can't catch reruns on TBS or TNT and say, "Hey, I recognize that strip club booth."
The movie probably lost most of what little credibility it ever had before production even started as a result of gross miscasting. Despite her mammories, few would buy Demi Moore as a stripper (we've seen planks with more hip swivel). Burt Reynolds as a congressman? You'd have better luck casting him as college footbally player, even at his advanced age. And we have no idea how Armand Assante found his way into this movie, the Irish-Italian actor playing a Cuban cop, no less. Didn't producers see Mambo Kings?
The story is also pretty far-fetched. And while that may work for Hiaasen's novel, it didn't translate to the silver screen. Moore (whose birth name was Demetria Gene Guynes, btw), loses her kid, works as a stripper, blackmails a congressman, almost gets killed, blah, blah, blah. It's even more painful to watch than to read, kids.
The film lost money over here, but did better overseas, and believe it or not, the
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