EXOTICA is the Egoyan movie for people who feel faintly guilty about never having seen one: it may be Art, but at least it's set in a strip club, albeit the most portentous strip club in North America.
Pet shop owner Thomas (Don McKellar), arrives at the airport with a clutch of smuggled macaw eggs in tow. Sharing a cab with a stranger, he winds up at Exotica, an upscale girlie club with a wildly artificial jungle motif and a high-tech sound system that blasts disco versions of Urdu ghazals.
Its star stripper is Christina (Mia Kirshner), who exploits her pedophilic allure by dressing in a schoolgirl's uniform. Two men are obsessed with her: longhaired DJ...