A Dirty Shame (2004)

NC-17  |   |  Comedy  |  24 September 2004 (USA)
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An uptight, middle-aged, repressed woman turns into a sex addict after getting hit on the head, and she then falls into an underground subculture of sex addicts in suburban Baltimore.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Noble ...
Weird Paperboy (as Nicholas E.I. Noble)
Lucy Newman-Williams ...
Neuter Yuppie Woman
Scott Morgan ...
Neuter Yuppie Man
David Moretti ...
Papa Bear (as Dave Moretti)
Jeffrey Auerbach ...


Middle-aged, sexually repressed Sylvia Stickles is the subject of this John Water's film, set in North Baltimore. She refuses to have sex with her husband, Vaughn Stickles, and keeps her overly-endowed daughter, Caprice, locked in her room, while she serves home detention for moral depravity charges. Sylvia, together with her mother Big Ethel, lead a group calling themselves "neuters" that promotes decency on Harford Road. When Sylvia is accidentally hit on the head by a lawnmower hanging out of a passing pick-up truck, however, her sexual behavior is changed completely from prude to prostitute. She meets the sex addicted sexual healer Ray Ray Perkins, becoming his twelfth apostle of sex in a journey of pleasure and orgasm. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Threatening the very limits of common decency.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated NC-17 for pervasive sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 September 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Adictos al sexo  »

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Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$29,384 (USA) (17 September 2004)


$1,339,668 (USA) (5 November 2004)

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1.85 : 1
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According to John Waters, when he asked the MPAA what would need to be removed in order for the film to obtain an R rating, he was told "after a while, we just stopped taking notes." See more »


Before running out of gas, the car is turned off and in park but is still driving. See more »


Sylvia Stickles: Hey, would you like to go out for some funch?
Vaughn Stickles: What's funch?
Sylvia Stickles: Fucking during lunch!
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Goo-Goo Dada
Performed by The Carlisles
Written by Hugh Ashley
Courtesy of Mercury Nashville Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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User Reviews

great satire on Jesus freaks and our repressed country
1 October 2004 | by (cincinnati, ohio) – See all my reviews

Waters does a great job at expressing how absurd our government and social efforts to repress sex have become. In a zombie type world where the zombies are the "crazy" people who actually enjoy sex and the "normal" people are the prudes who think all sex is dirty, Waters offers his typically absurd social commentary. I loved it and laughed at times more than I have in months. If you are a prude, conservative, or don't get satire, do yourself and other movie fans a favor and stay home. No in fact, go support the film so Waters can make more of the same. DISCLAIMER: Disregard the above if you don't want the opinion of an open minded, non bible beater.

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