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A Dirty Shame (2004)

A Dirty Shame

Overview


Genre

Comedy

Release Date

September 17, 2004

MPAA Rating

NC-17

Duration

89 min.

Studio

Fine Line Features

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  3 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

John Waters

Producer

Ted Hope, Christine Vachon

Screenwriter

John Waters

Starring

Story


The fight for carnal liberation is under way!

Lust is in the air on Harford Road and Sylvia Stickles (Tracey Ullman), a grumpy, repressed middle-aged Baltimorean, doesn't like it.

Though Sylvia's handsome husband Vaughn (Chris Isaak) still has marriage urges, his wife couldn't be less interested -- she has more important things to do.

Not only does Sylvia run the family's "Pinewood Park And Pay" convenience store, she's also responsible for watching over her exhibitionist daughter Caprice (Selma Blair). A go-go dancer known to her adoring fans as Ursula Udders, Caprice and her stupendously enlarged breasts are currently under house arrest after several "nude and disorderly" violations.

But Sylvia's world is turned upside down one day after suffering a concussion in a freak traffic accident. Sexy tow-truck driver Ray-Ray Perkins (Johnny Knoxville) rushes to her aid, and the stricken Sylvia realizes he's no ordinary service man; he's a sexual healer who brings Sylvia's hidden cauldron of lust to the boiling point.

At first, Vaughn is happily surprised by his wife's resurgent libido, but after she delivers a raunchy "hootchie-cootchie" dance during a routine visit to a nursing home, he realizes something isn't right.

Sylvia's mother, Big Ethel (Suzanne Shepherd), already up in arms about the libertines in their midst, decides it is time to fight back. Supported by her sex-hating neighbors like Marge the Neuter (Mink Stole), Big Ethel leads the battle for "Neuter normality" against Ray-Ray and his "sex addict" disciples.

Sylvia, torn between her responsibilities as a wife and mother and her suddenly unbridled thirst for all things carnal, finds herself at the center of an overheated battle for a throbbing Harford Road.

What follows is rude, joyous, and full of sexual anarchy. A movie with a generous heart and a dirty mind. In other words, a classic John Waters comedy.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..simply repulsive and terribly unfunny..”
by Jeff Vice [Deseret News, Salt Lake City]
“..ultra-vulgar comedy..”
by Nicholas Schager [Filmcritic]
“..goes limp really quickly..”
by [E! Online]