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A Baltimore sandwich shop employee becomes an overnight sensation when photographs he's taken of his weird family become the latest rage in the art world. The young man is called "Pecker" because he pecks at his food like a bird. Written by Joe Blevins <joeblev@concentric.net>

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He never realized how far 35 millimeters would take him.

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Rated R for sexuality, graphic nudity, language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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$541,646 (USA) (25 September 1998)

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$2,279,807 (USA) (18 December 1998)
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The claw machine in the bar contains, among other things, a box of Ex-Lax, a box of Gas-X, a liquor bottle filled with a dark brown liquid (bourbon maybe?), and a cell phone. See more »

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When Pecker is talking to Shelly in the laundromat, she is folding a bath towel with a rose print. The camera angle changes to the back of Shelly's head; when it pans back to her front, she folds the same towel again. See more »

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Shelley: Don't become an asshole. I beg of you, do not become an asshole.
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Funny but it's like John Waters-lite
9 April 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Pecker lives in Baltimore and works as a chef in a fast-food restaurant. He constantly takes pictures of those around him. When he puts on a small show in his workplace a New York agent buys the lot and offers him a show at her NY gallery. The show turns him famous for his honest photos of his `culturally challenged' family and friends. But fame has a price and soon he must turn the tables on the art crowd who look down on his family.

I approached this with a certain amount of good feeling. From the very start we have wonderfully camp music and small town trashy characters – we're in Waters-ville. The actually story is quite simple and doesn't quite hang together as a narrative. However it's all done with a nice charm that makes it fly by, only occasionally does the film drag and the plot weaknesses are revealed.

Waters used to have a niche market in camp and bad taste, however with so many people doing bad taste comedies nowadays he seems to have toned it all down a bit. However he still can do this in his sleep, although the story could have been stronger and he needed to direct with more focus and direction.

Furlong is really good in the lead – you have to admire his role choices (Little Odessa, American History X, this and others) as he could have just tried to be a heart throb after T2. Similarly Ricci is pretty good in a role that isn't quite trashy but isn't mainstream either. The support cast are also good as they have more of the characters that we expect from Walters as well as some famous faces (Lilli Taylor, Martha Plimpton, Patty Hearst) – Brendan Sexton III as Matt is really good but the award for funniest role goes to Hulsey for angry sugar junkie Little Chrissy.

Overall I found this enjoyable despite the story not really moving anywhere fast. Fans may find this to be Waters-lite but even then he can put out a good film.


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