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A Dirty Shame (2004)

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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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Weird Paperboy (as Nicholas E.I. Noble)
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Papa Bear (as Dave Moretti)
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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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sex | lust | sex addict | prostitute | accident | See more »

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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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30 December 2004 (Portugal)  »

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Adictos al sexo  »

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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

Suzanne Shepherd first read the script while on a train to Baltimore. After discovering the film's content, she became quite upset and did not want to do the film. It was only after meeting John Waters that she agreed to play Big Ethel. 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 »

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Sylvia Stickles: Somebody, somewhere, finish me off!
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Edited from Go Down, Death! (1944) See more »

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Goo-Goo Dada
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Written by Hugh Ashley
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A head injury!
14 October 2004 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

The perverts have invaded the neighborhood and we're not going to take it anymore! Gays and lesbians are everywhere as well as all kinds of disgusting lewd behavior. Well, what are the righteous citizens to do? Organize and try to get rid of them, but they're outnumbered!

Thus seems to be the premise for this hysterical John Waters picture. The promise for an irreverent take on pornography in suburbia dissolves as soon as it starts. Mr. Waters shows a milder side to himself, as it's been the case in his latest movies. But with that said, even a minor Waters is a hilarious one. Sure, the jokes get a bit stale, but the film has so many funny situations that anyone with an open mind will appreciate this kind of humor.

Tracey Ullman blends the perfect amount of seriousness and insanity playing her Sylvia Stickles, the woman who comes alive as she is hit in the head! Her scene at the nursing home playing the Hokey Pokey will become a classic Waters moment. Chris Isaak, Selma Blair, Suzanne Shepherd and Johnny Knoxville are also good.


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