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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Paul Giamatti was originally meant to play Vaughn Stickles, but dropped out to play in Sideways (2004). See more »


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


[Fat Fuck Frank jumps out in front of Sylvia as the Yuppie neighbors work on their formstorm]
Fat Fuck Frank: Mrs. Stickles, my name Fat Fuck Frank and I'm your daughter's number one fan.
Sylvia Stickles: She moved to the Erie Canal area.
[the Neuter Yuppie Woman giggles]
Neuter Yuppie Man: Hey, Vaughn.
Vaughn Stickles: [to the Neuter Yuppie Man] Hey!
[to Fat Fuck Frank]
Vaughn Stickles: Caprice retired from show business. She's no longer a public figure.
Fat Fuck Frank: Her name ain't Caprice. It's "Ursula Udders" and she's famous. She got the biggest tits on Harford Road!
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Referenced in The Benchwarmers (2006) See more »


The I-95 Asshole Song
Performed by August Campbell and the Spur of the Moment Band
Written by August Campbell
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User Reviews

John Waters funniest film yet!
14 September 2004 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

A DIRTY SHAME is the new film from John Waters, and arguably his funniest film yet. And by funny, I mean laugh out loud hilarious, start to finish. The only way you would not like this movie, is if you are easily offended. But, if you've ever intentionally gone to a John Waters film, my guess is that you are not, in fact.

The plot is pretty simple. Small town America is invaded by a bunch of sex addicts, each of their sexual quirks (from shelf humping to dirt worship) brought on by an accidental blow to the head. The whole town starts to convert, as the neuters (normals) lose the fight for decency.

John has lined up a stellar cast for this raunchy romp, my favorite being chronic masturbation lady. You'll see what I mean.

The great thing is, even with over the top sexual humor, there is still a underlying message of tolerance for everyone, as long as their beliefs and actions don't negatively affect anyone else.

My favorite John Waters film by far. See it! (9/10)

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