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Howard Stern’s ‘Private Parts’ at 20: How It Went From a Raunchy Memoir to a Crossover Hit

6 March 2017 2:22 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Turning a memoir into a film is never simple. Internal monologues need to be translated cinematically and the scope of an entire life has to be narrowed down to a three-act structure. Not surprisingly, the task becomes even trickier when the author spends as much time discussing his penis as Howard Stern did in his bestselling book “Private Parts.”

Released 20 years ago on March 7, 1997, the film adaptation of Stern’s memoir took the No. 1 spot at the box office the weekend it opened, eclipsing Disney’s PG-rated family film “Jungle 2 Jungle,” which debuted at the same time. The total box office gross only ended up at $41 million, but it went on to become a cult favorite on TV and video.

The culmination of a challenging development process that originally saw Oscar-winning director John G. Avildsen (“Rocky”) attached, the film’s early delays were primarily centered on story issues. Stern, »

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