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In Baltimore, guerrilla filmmaker Cecil B. Demented leads a band of cinema revolutionaries who kidnap Honey Whitlock, a bitchy and aging movie star of big-budget froth. Cecil wants her in his movie, a screed against Hollywood they film during blitzkrieg attacks on a multiplex, a Maryland Film Commission press conference, and the set of a "Forrest Gump" sequel. He insists on celibacy; the cast and crew channel sexual energy into the production. With a family-values coalition, aggrieved Teamsters, and the police on their trail, Cecil needs help from porno, kung-fu, and drive-in audiences. What about Honey? Will she bolt or refuse to act? Or will she hit her marks and light up the screen? Written by
One could spend a unprofitable life being an apologist for John Waters' movies.
However-- there are many other activities that engage me: driving in mid-town traffic at rush hour; watching flies mate; and, of course, sitting through another screening of "The English Patient." Perhaps if Mr. Waters had seen "Burn, Hollywood, Burn" or any other spoof of the Hollywood film, he might have provided "Cecil..." with a plot line a little thicker than the veneer he chose to hide the rather insipid goings on in his most recent 'celebration' of studio film-making.( I am particularly struck by the way Steve Martin pulled it off in his parody of guerilla film-making.)It would have been a good idea if Mr. Waters' film had more of a back story. How, for instance, these fanatics became so strongly attached to Cecil. His efforts to provide any sense of the characters' dementia is at best superficial and unconvincing. Well, Baltimore is an ugly city, and it got an ugly film to help boost its tourism. So be it. "Cecil B. Demented" is one more thing you can blame on the French. But the blame for poor "Cecil" you can lay at the feet of John Waters. --Trago M.
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