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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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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.

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

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24 September 2004 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

The scene where Sylvia changes her clothes in the back of the cab is based on a true story. John Waters once had to change clothes in the back of a cab on his way from an airport straight to a book signing. See more »

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

Quotes

Big Ethel: You going to the movies, Dave?
Dingy Dave: Huh?
Big Ethel: [watching him scratch his ass] Hell, you're pickin' your seat, aren't you?
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Spoofs Carmen, Baby (1967) See more »

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Performed by Billy Lee Riley
Written by William Emerson
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Weirdest Waters film since "Pink Flamingos"
11 October 2004 | by (Berea, OH) – See all my reviews

After seeing "A Dirty Shame" twice, I was awed at how far John Waters has pushed the envelope with his trademark trashy fun. Also, whenever I hear the Ray Anthony classic "The Hokey Pokey" any more, I now think of what Sylvia Stickles (Tracey Ullman) did...not to give the story away, but it involved a water bottle. That scene has to be up there with Divine's eating doggie-doo-doo in "Pink Flamingos". "A Dirty Shame" will be a classic, in the same league as Waters' pre-"Hairspray" films. Still, the concept of getting horny just by banging your head is weird, to say the least. Especially as the movie goes on, more and more people are realizing that "fact". I would highly recommend "A Dirty Shame". Can't wait for the DVD to come out.


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