Let’s Get Physical (2022 Lifetime)

Let’s Get Physical (2022 Lifetime)

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Cast: Jenna Dewan, Michael Consuelos, Jennifer Irwin

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Synopsis (via Lifetime)

Inspired by actual events, Let’s Get Physical is the story of fitness instructor Sadie (Jenna Dewan, The Rookie) who by day, taught fitness and dance to soccer moms, but by night led a double life running a sophisticated prostitution ring with a customer list that included very prominent men in the community. After an anonymous tip, authorities raided her studio, leading to Sadie’s indictment and ignited a firestorm in the small town leading everyone to ask, who exactly was on the client list. Dewan executive produces and stars alongside Jennifer Irwin (The Goldbergs) and Michael Consuelos (Riverdale). (2022)

Recap/Wine Thoughts

The movie starts with a sexy pole dancing class; Jenna Dewan (here, playing Sadie Smith) teaches the dance to a bunch of soccer moms at Dazzel Spin. The class is interrupted by the police, who take Sadie into custody. One of the moms, April, ratted on her.

Next, we get a lame rewind effect (Who rewinds anymore) and cut to five months earlier. We see an image-obsessed Sadie Smith walking in slow motion to view the space for her pole dancing class. She is excited about the backroom for a massage parlor. The real estate agent ends up being the Mayor, Mayor Kemp.

Next door to the new storefront is a salon run by April, who is very gossipy about the new arrival in town.

Sadie opens the dance studio to a little fan fair. Luton, New Hampshire, is not looking for anything so scandalous. Sadie goes to a business owners’ meeting and makes quite a splash with the male members. (Much to the horror of their wives.)

April offers Sadie a place to live in the garage; in exchange, Sadie gives her a free class. Sadie and April form a genuine friendship. Slowly but surely, the town’s women start signing up for the class. (Nana being my favorite.) 

The town prude, Carol, is horrified that the class is becoming popular. Carol warns April that living with Sadie is just going to be too tempting for her husband, Marty.

Carol isn’t wrong because Sadie gives a happy ending to Mayor Kemp during a massage. Word gets around, and money starts flowing into the business. For some reason, Sadie is also a cam girl. She also talks to sad widowers as long as they pay her. (Why does this woman have so many side hustles, am I slacking?)

Sadie is a sex worker with a heart of gold and works with the town church and charities. She also sleeps with the town’s priest and tells him he deserves human connection. 

April starts to hear thumping and moaning next door and notices men coming and going from the backroom. April confronts Sadie about the noises, and she laughs it off. April continues to hear men moaning and sees married men leaving the massage parlor. Sadie isn’t hiding the fact that she is a sex worker from April and plays it off as NBD. (April covers for Sadie when clients ask about the loud moaning and thumping next door. One lady even almost catches her husband.) 

Carol snoops through her son Ben’s laptop and finds Sadie’s sex website. She wants to file charges and warns April to look out for her husband, AGAIN! 

April becomes suspicious when she finds Sadie and her husband eating dinner at home without her. April downs some wine and spills everything to Carol. Carol runs her mouth about the illegal prostitution ring, and the town detective, Daphnie, says she will need evidence to do anything. 

Marty tells April he knows about the sexy Sadie videos and reassures her that she shouldn’t worry about it. April is still concerned and makes an official statement to Detective Daphnie. Carol works on a cover story for a local magazine about Sadie’s secret life.  

The cops take Sadie into custody, and she is upset to learn that April turned her in.  

Detective Daphnie seizes all the sex toys and finds a list of over 99 clients. Carol decides to print the names in the paper. (A stock footage montage is used to show random people in the town upset by the news. LOW BUDGET CHOICE!!!!!!) 

April is upset to see that Marty is on the list. He promises that it isn’t what she thinks. (It is actually Marty’s sister, who is a lesbian.) We see other people, like the priest, who are worried that they are next to be listed. Sadie tells the priest that she didn’t list him. 

Sadie and April have a falling out, and everyone in the town feels righteous that they are not prostitutes. Sadie is suddenly worried about her reputation and is angry that her male clients aren’t being publicly shamed as she is. 

Once April finds out that Marty didn’t sleep with Sadie, she is suddenly pro-prostitution. She makes an impassioned speech that goes against everything she has been saying. 

At the town Gala, which looks like a middle school dance, Nana is savage, and I love her. She tells Carol off. 

April picks up Sadie from jail before she leaves town and takes her for one last VERY HAPPY pole dancing class with no poles. Sadie drives off to the next town to be the prostitute Mary Poppins. 

Side Note

The tone of this movie was Hallmark movie with sex workers. It was also very low-budget looking and dull. 

Minority Report: Priest, Petey the Muffin Man, Daphne, Trisha, Marsha

Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos’ son play Petey; very strange use of nepotism because they were producers of the film. 

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