A talented young photographer, who enjoys snapping photos of his satirical, perverted Baltimore neighborhood and his wacky family, gets dragged into a world of pretentious artists from New York City and finds newfound fame.
A suburban housewife's world falls apart when her pornographer husband admits he's serially unfaithful to her, her daughter gets pregnant, and her son is suspected of being the foot-fetishist who's been breaking local women's feet.
A day in the lives of a hit-and-run driver and her victim, and the bizarre things that happen to them before and after they collide (sexual assault by a crazed foot-fetishist, visions of ... See full summary »
Notorious Baltimore criminal and underground figure Divine goes up against a sleazy married couple who make a passionate attempt to humiliate her and seize her tabloid-given title as "The Filthiest Person Alive".
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
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 »
Before running out of gas, the car is turned off and in park but is still driving. See more »
I can't say I've seen many of John Waters' films, but I've seen enough
to get an idea of what he's about; and A Dirty Shame would appear to be
a typical John Waters film. All of the jokes in the film come from
sexual perversions, and it's not hard to see why a number of people
don't like it - as if you thought Serial Mom was a difficult film to
get along with, wait until you see this one! To be honest, I'm not
completely sure of whether I liked it or not; on the one hand, I
respect the director for daring to go further than many directors would
dare...but on the other hand, it's amazingly silly and the central
ideas behind the plot don't hold much weight. There are some really
good one-liners in the film, however, and the surreal nature of the way
the plot plays out is a delight. The story follows a prudish housewife
named Silvia who hates sex, and the fact that her daughter is a sex
symbol named 'Ursula Udders'. However, after hitting her head one day;
she comes into contact with a man named Ray Ray, a 'sexual healer', and
it's not long before she discovers that she is, in fact, a sex-addict.
I'm sure that the main reason why John Waters has so many fans is
because of his willingness to take risks. This film is full of risks;
some of which work. The cast list isn't typical, with popular American
comedienne Tracey Ullman taking the lead role and performing well in
the more lurid scenes. Selma Blair stars alongside an enormous pair of
fake breasts, while there are support roles for the likes of Chris
Isaak and Suzanna Shepherd. The biggest risk where the cast is
concerned is undoubtedly Jackass' Johnny Knoxville, who is a lot better
than you would think. Waters has seen fit to have a lot of scenes play
out to music, and this works well some of the time. The way that
certain words (such as 'Whore') pan out across the screen is good, but
personally I didn't like the use of CGI. The film gets off to a really
good start, and I laughed more in the first half hour than in any film
I've seen recently; but it takes a bit of a downturn in the middle, and
never fully recovers. The film is good because you never really know
where Waters is going with it, and the full on orgy of the last twenty
minutes is bound to divide audiences. Overall, this film is in extreme
bad taste; but it's also a great laugh. However, if you haven't liked
whatever Waters' films you've seen so far - I wouldn't recommend seeing
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