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'Bounce: Behind the Velvet Rope' DVD Review *** 091605
The Work = ***
The most notorious of which is a man named Lenny McLean, who is probably better known as “The Guv’nor.” McLean was a bare knuckle boxer who also worked as a bouncer for many years. He had some success in television and then writer/ director Guy Ritchie cast him as Barry the Baptist in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. McLean also released a successful autobiography in the UK but would sadly pass away not long after the books release.
McLean provides some great interviews in 'Bounce: Behind the Velvet Rope' but there is surprisingly little background given him and the others that are interviewed. I happened to know a bit about McLean so I knew of his history but the other bouncers only offer sketches of their backgrounds and how they ended up working the doors. It is a shame that the film doesn’t go a bit farther in depth about the people and the career. I will say though that I respect the filmmakers not padding out the film to extended the running time. They only had enough for about 70 minutes so that is the length that they released the film at.
What comes through is the career can offer heavy adrenaline rushes and releases of pent up emotions for those that work the doors. In crowded cities, fights at the bars are inevitable and many of the bouncers look forward to melees. A common factor of a abusive or a completely absent father figure does pop up with almost every bouncer interviewed. Many of the bouncers come off as fairly nice guys who have unchecked aggression issues and who have not gotten into either some mixed-martial art full contact sport or boxing. (The exception would be McLean who did bare knuckle boxing, although as I said it is not mentioned in the film.)
So, at the end of the day 'Bounce: Behind the Velvet Rope' is a brief but entertaining look at a group of bouncers. It is light on detail but it is a fun view. If you are interested I say give it a try. Recommended.
DVD = ***
All Together = ***
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