The Center of the World

May 18, 2001 0 By Fans
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A couple checks into a suite in Las Vegas. In flashbacks we see that he's a computer whiz on the verge of becoming a millionaire…

Release Year: 2001

Rating: 5.9/10 (3,101 voted)

Critic's Score: 44/100

Wayne Wang

Stars: Shane Edelman, Balthazar Getty, Molly Parker

A couple checks into a suite in Las Vegas. In flashbacks we see that he's a computer whiz on the verge of becoming a millionaire, she's a lap dancer at a club. He's depressed, withdrawing from work, missing meetings with investors. He wants a connection, so he offers her $10,000 to spend three nights with him in Vegas, and she accepts with conditions: four hours per night of erotic play, and no penetration. During the days in Vegas, they get to know each other, have fun, meet a friend of hers; at night, at least after the first night, things seem to get complicated. Is mutual attraction stirring? Will they play by their rules? Can it be about more than money?

Writers: Wayne Wang, Miranda July


Shane Edelman


Peter Sarsgaard

Richard Longman

Molly Parker


Karry Brown

Lap Dancer

Alisha Klass

Pandora Stripper

Mel Gorham


Lisa Newlan

Porn Site Woman

Jason McCabe


(as Jason Mccabe Calacanis)

Travis Miljan

Dog Owner

Jerry Sherman

Old Man

Carla Gugino


Pat Morita

Taxi Driver

Balthazar Getty

Brian Pivano

Robert Lefkowitz

Motel Manager

John Lombardo


Release Date: 18 May 2001

Filming Locations: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Opening Weekend: $67,809
(22 April 2001)
(7 Screens)

Gross: $1,096,037
(15 July 2001)

Technical Specs



Crew or equipment visible:
When Jerri is yelling at Florence in the hotel room, the crew and equipment are reflected in the mirror.


What did you think? That I was falling in love with you?

User Review

Filmic Art in Digital


To the best of my knowledge "The Center of the World" was shot on a digital
camera. If this is the case, then that was a very wise choice for the
material and tone of the same. "The Center of the World" is an intellectual
adult's version of "Pretty Woman" (although, I couldn't help but notice a
few similarities to Egoyam's "Exotica"). On the most basic level is where we
leave "Pretty Woman", however. This film is definitely not for all tastes,
but that would be a loss for those folks. "The Center of the World" has a
lot to say about human sexuality, loneliness, and money and the simple link
between them in this modern-age. It's about the loss of human contact and
connection between people in the same room; it's about perception and
misjudgment. Additionally, there's a very primal ritual running through the
sex scenes in this film that speaks volumes about human evolution versus
technological evolution. There's a lot here and I don't want to ruin it for
anyone by continuing my rant.