Free the Nipple

Synopsis: In New York City, a small group of passionate women launch a revolution movement to "Free the Nipple" and decriminalize the female body. Based on a true story, this mass movement of topless women, armed with First Amendment lawyers, graffiti installations and national publicity stunts, invade New York City to protest the backwards censorship laws in the USA. The film centers on a liberal journalist, named With, who sees potential in a story and hooks herself up with the group of women, led by the idealistic and eccentric Liv, and works with the close-knit of to follow the group in their quest.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Lina Esco
Production: IFC Films
Rotten Tomatoes:
78 min


[upbeat percussive music]



I All before I

I We fall apart I

I We crawl into I

I A jealous heart I

I Come to me I

I With open arms I

I And don't you fear I

I What waits for us I


I All the noise I

I That talks you down I

I We trace the view I

I We taste the ground I

I Come on in I

I You chosen one I

I 'Cause in your name I

I The horses run I

I Gone and gone it is I

I Gonna get you fight I

I Get you, get you fight I

I Right along I

I Gone and gone it is I

I Gonna get you fight I

I Gonna, gonna get you fight I

I Talk it like it is I

I Don't you pick a fight I

I W you get to fly I

I Right out beyond I

I Thought she was the West I

I And she never rest I

I Walked on out into the light I

I All before I

I We fall apart I

I We crawl into I

I A jealous heart I

I Come to me I

I With open arms I

I And don't you fear I

I What waits for us I



female top/essness

was declared legal in New York

back in 1992,

where the highest court

in the state of New York said

that Where men can be topless,

as a matter of equal protection

under the laws,

Women can be topless too.

(man) This is a Channel 2 News specie!


(woman) To update you

on the situation,

there has been a mass shooting

at a movie theater

just outside Denver, Colorado,

in Aurora.

According to the Aurora

Police Department,

a gunman acted alone,

opening fire on audiences

in two movie theaters,

at the premier

of Batman:
Dark Knight Returns.

So far, Channel 2 News

has confirmed

that there are at /east

10 fatalities and 20 injured.

We'll have more information-

[bluesy rock music]



Do you have a political agenda?

(Liv) Today, we were

wrongfully arrested,

as the chief of police

just admitted,

and we were forced

by law to be let go.

So keep your laws

off our bodies.


Thank you.

You're welcome.

Let's wrap this up.



Who the f*ck are you?


My name is With.

I write for News Corp,

and I was on Wall Street

when you were arrested.

Yeah, you want

to interview me?

Well, yes; I think I'd like

to do a piece on you.

Well, how 'bout this?

Next time, you join us,

and I will grant you

whatever interview you'd like.

Me topless?

I don't think so.

Why not?

Looks like you got

a nice pair under there.

Because I'm a journalist,

not an activist.

Do you have to be an activist

to agree that it's bullshit

that a man can

walk around shirtless

on a hot summer's day,

and a woman will get

arrested for it?

I never really thought

about it like that.

Well, how 'bout you

join us next time,

and I will think about

giving you an interview?

How 'bout you

give me an interview

and I'll think

about joining you?

I will win this game.

No, you won't.

Yes, I will.

[rock music]


Oh, good.

You're home. Uh...

I need two

rent checks,

because right now,

they're on the verge

of shutting off our cable,

which means no internet,

no email, no HBO, no connection

to the outside

world whatsoever.

I don't-l don't

get paid till Friday,

and I have, like,

$88 to my name.

Can you please pirate

the Wi-Fi from next door?

I have to finish this,

and I will-yeah.

You want me to

pirate the Wi-Fi.

- Yeah.

- From next door.

- Yeah.

- Mm-hmm.

Maybe you could

get a second job.

- A job'?

- Yeah.


Like what?


Hosting, bartending,


Stripping is a respectable-

it's an old profession.

First of all, there's

thousands of people

in line for every

job in the city,

and secondly,

concerning the pole,

I can't even get naked in front

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Lina Esco

Lina Esco is an American actress, producer, director and activist. She gained recognition in 2007 for portraying Jimmy Smits' character's daughter in the CBS television drama Cane. Esco has also performed in films, including London (2005), Kingshighway (2010), LOL (2012), and Free the Nipple (2013). more…

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