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A Dirty Shame -- Sylvia Stickles suffers a concussion and the injury causes a drastic change in her sexual drive, turning her into a sex addict with crazy, wild and urgent desires and compulsions.
A Dirty Shame -- 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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Threatening the very limits of common decency.
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tracey Ullman ... Sylvia

Johnny Knoxville ... Ray Ray

Selma Blair ... Caprice

Chris Isaak ... Vaughn

Suzanne Shepherd ... Big Ethel

Mink Stole ... Marge The Neuter

Patricia Hearst ... Paige

Jackie Hoffman ... Dora
Nick Noble ... Weird Paperboy (as Nicholas E.I. Noble)
Lucy Newman-Williams ... Neuter Yuppie Woman
Scott Morgan ... Neuter Yuppie Man

Wes Johnson ... Fat Fuck Frank

David A. Dunham ... Mama Bear
David Moretti ... Papa Bear (as Dave Moretti)
Jeffrey Auerbach ... Baby Bear
Susan Allenback ... Betty Doggett (as Susan Allenbach)

Paul DeBoy ... Wendell Doggett
Channing Wilroy ... Male Motorist

Rosemary Knower ... Female Motorist

Jewel Orem ... Loose Linda
Richard Pelzman ... Paw Paw

Shirleyann Kaladjian ... Gay Woman #1

Hari Leigh ... Gay Woman #2

Ricki Lake ... Herself

James Ransone ... Dingy Dave
Alan J. Wendl ... Officer Alvin
Jonas Grey ... Warren the Mailman

Richard DeAngelis ... Neuter Man with Sub-Titles
Susan Rome ... Messy Melinda
Gwendolyn Briley-Strand ... Anti 'Oral Sex' Neuter
Kate Kiley ... Anti 'Bear' Neuter

Grace Nalls ... Vaughn's Mother
Ty Ford ... Taxi Driver

Randall Boffman ... Neuter Businessman
Patsy Grady Abrams ... Neuter Old Maid

Doug Roberts ... Driving Neuter Husband
Joyce Flick Wendl ... Driving Neuter Wife
Jean Schertler ... Neuter Grandmother on Bus
Carlos Juan Gonzalez ... Bus Driver (as Carlos Juan Gonzales)
Brilane Bowman ... Cow Patty
David DeBoy ... Dr. Arlington
Kevin Reese ... Ronnie the Rimmer

Michael Willis ... Tony the Tickler
Lance Baldwin ... Larry

Kosha Engler ... Lu Ann
Mary Vivian Pearce ... Unjudgemental Ex-Sex Addict

Michael Gabel ... Mr. Pay Day
John Shields ... Chesapeake Cooking Man

Gaelan Connell ... Horny Kid (as Gaelan Alexander Connell)

Frederick Strother ... 'Strange' Sex Addict

Jean Hill ... Woman on Fire Escape
Richard Salamanca ... Fat Boy A

Britt Prentice ... Fat Boy B

Nathan Fulford ... Tire Lick Boy (as Nathan Fulord)

Lynn McCune ... Neuter Mom #4

Liam Hughes ... Coffee Sex Addict
Steve Mack ... Injured Neuter Man #1
Don Hewitt ... Injured Neuter Man #2
Jeanette Chivvis ... Fan on Airplane (as Jeanette Chivvas)

David Hasselhoff ... Himself - Special Appearance by
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bob Adams ... Bus passenger (uncredited)

Michael Ahl ... Sex Addict (uncredited)
Tim Caggiano ... Disgusted driver (uncredited)

Angela Calo ... Sexaholic Twin #2 (uncredited)
Paul M. Clary ... Sex Addict (uncredited)
Gino Colbert ... Sex Addict (uncredited)

Lee E. Cox ... Extra (uncredited)

Susan Duvall ... Neuter Female Shopper (uncredited)
Sharif El-Mahdi ... Precision Driver (uncredited)
George Figgs ... Neuter (uncredited)
Leanna Foglia ... Sexaholic Twin #1 (uncredited)

Rick Kain ... Neuter Dad (uncredited)
Mary Lechter ... Neuter Mom #1 (uncredited)
Robert Neal Marshall ... Croquet Mallet Whacker (uncredited)

John G. Pavelec ... Neuter Neighbor w / Flyers (uncredited)
Carolyn Rawleigh ... Protestor (uncredited)
Donald Rey ... Young Sex Addict (uncredited)

Leo Rogstad ... Convience Store Sex Addict (uncredited)

Jennifer Rouse ... Convenience Store Sex Addict (uncredited)
Thomas W. Stewart ... Neuter Husband (uncredited)

Stephen Szibler ... Shelf Humping Sex Addict (uncredited)

Michelle Valines ... Neuter (uncredited)
Jayson Vance ... Big Biker (uncredited)

Schuster Vance ... Neuter (uncredited)
Craig Wadlin ... Sex addict (uncredited)
Christopher Glenn Wilson ... Tire Lick Dad (uncredited)

Nancy Young ... Airplane Passenger (uncredited)

Directed by
John Waters 
Writing credits
John Waters (written by)

Produced by
Michael Almog .... co-executive producer
Merideth Finn .... executive producer
Danny Fisher .... executive producer (as The Fisher Brothers)
Jack Fisher .... executive producer (as The Fisher Brothers)
Joe Fisher .... executive producer (as The Fisher Brothers)
Ted Hope .... producer
Bob Jason .... co-executive producer
Mark Kaufman .... executive producer
Pat Moran .... associate producer
Mark Ordesky .... executive producer
Ann Ruark .... co-producer
Christine Vachon .... producer
John Wells .... executive producer
Original Music by
George S. Clinton 
Cinematography by
Steve Gainer (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jeffrey Wolf 
Casting by
Pat Moran 
Production Design by
Vincent Peranio 
Art Direction by
Halina Gebarowicz 
Set Decoration by
Susan Kessel 
Costume Design by
Van Smith 
Makeup Department
Gina W. Bateman .... additional makeup artist (as Gina Bateman)
Tony Gardner .... prosthetics designer
Anne Marie Izner-Preston .... hair stylist (as Anne Maire Izner-Preston)
Amanda Johnson .... makeup artist
Cheryl 'Pickles' Kinion .... key makeup artist
Sandra Linn Koepper .... additional makeup artist (as Sandy Linn Koepper)
Conor McCullagh .... prosthetics makeup consultant
John O'Brien .... additional hair stylist
Howard 'Hep' Preston .... key hair stylist
Sherri Bramlett .... key hair stylist: 2nd Unit (uncredited)
Eleanor Sabaduquia .... key makeup artist: Los Angeles pickups (uncredited)
Production Management
Gwen Bialic .... production supervisor
Paul A. Levin .... post-production supervisor
Ann Ruark .... unit production manager
Michael R. Williams .... production supervisor: Los Angeles (as Michael Williams)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter Bucossi .... second unit director
Gary Romolo Fiorelli .... second assistant director
Xanthus Valan .... second second assistant director (as Xanthus Valas)
Michele Ziegler .... first assistant director (as Shelley Ziegler)
Chip Signore .... first assistant director: additional photography Los Angeles (uncredited)
Art Department
Edward Bellafiore .... art department coordinator (as Ed Bellafiore)
Jim Doherty .... greensperson
Scott C. Dunn .... lead foreman (as Scott Dunn)
Patrick T. Eagan .... set dresser (as Patrick Eagan)
Susanna Glattly .... scenic artist
Jeffrey Pratt Gordon .... assistant property master
Beth Grunder .... swing gang
Randy G. Herbert .... construction coordinator (as Randy Herbert)
Clark Hospelhorn .... leadman
Devra Kitterman .... greens
Thomas F. Lombardi .... carpenter (as Thomas Lombardi)
John Millard .... on-set dresser
Silvija L. Moess .... greensperson (as Silvija Moess)
Dawson Nolley .... art department production assistant
Lucinda E. Pealer .... scenic artist (as Lucy Pealer)
Bobby Raber .... scenic artist
David Scheper .... propmaker
Craig Lee Schuman .... scenic artist (as Craig Schuman)
Claire Sharp .... scenic foreman
Caleb Stine .... storyboard artist
John Struss .... carpenter
Norm Thurston Jr. .... swing gang
Keith Weaver .... charge scenic artist
John Weiffenbach .... carpenter
Lianne Williamson .... swing gang
Brook Yeaton .... property master
Sound Department
Rick Angelella .... sound mixer
Jamie Baker .... foley engineer (as Jamie R. Baker)
David Boulton .... adr mixer: New York
Rick Chefalas .... assistant sound editor
Krissopher Chevannes .... adr recordist: New York
Chuck Choi .... ProTools recordist
Laura Civiello .... dialogue editor
Keith Culbertson .... sound re-recordist
Carol Everson .... boom operator
David Flynch .... foley supervisor (as David B. Flynch)
Brian Gallagher .... adr recordist: New York
Kenton Jakub .... adr editor
Bobby Johanson .... adr mixer: New York
Richard Klompus .... sound utility (as Rich Klompus)
Blake Leyh .... sound designer
Blake Leyh .... supervising sound editor
David Lucarelli .... adr recordist: Los Angeles
Jamie Morris .... sound transfer assistant
Jay Peck .... foley artist
Charleen Richards .... adr mixer: Los Angeles (as Charlene Richards-Steeves)
Alex Soto .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Reilly Steele .... sound re-recording mixer
Magdaline Volaitis .... sound effects editor
Jim Gilchrist .... sound playback (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Hank Atterbury .... special effects technician
David Hearn .... flying crew: Flying By Foy
Drew Jiritano .... special effects coordinator
Chuck Khoury .... special effects technician
Michael Korsch .... flying crew: Flying By Foy
William Catania .... flying crew (uncredited)
Jerry Constantine .... special effects makeup (uncredited)
Veda Semarne .... special effects (uncredited)
Andrea Swistak .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Lilo Tauvao .... special effects makeup (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Dustin Adair .... lead character animator: S4 Studios, LLC
Randall Balsmeyer .... visual effects supervisor: Big Film Design
Tricia Barrett .... digital compositor: Custom Film Effects
Ryan Beadle .... IO: Custom Film Effects
Bruce Branit .... 3D modeler: S4 Studios, LLC
Steve Caldwell .... digital compositor: Custom Film Effects
J. John Corbett .... 2D digital artist: Big Film Design
Joseph DiValerio .... 3D digital artist: Big Film Design (as Joe DiValerio)
Mark Dornfeld .... visual effects supervisor: Custom Film Effects
John Evans .... 3D production assistant: S4 Studios, LLC
Michele Ferrone .... visual effects producer: Custom Film Effects
Adam Gass .... digital editorial: Custom Film Effects
R.J. Harbour .... digital compositor: Custom Film Effects (as RJ Harbour)
Dale Hendrickson .... CG producer: S4 Studios, LLC
Shaina Holmes .... digital compositor: Custom Film Effects
Geoffrey Kater .... CG producer: S4 Studios, LLC
Kathy Kelehan .... visual effects producer: Big Film Design
Mark Kochinski .... CG effects supervisor: S4 Studios, LLC
Craig Kuehne .... composite artist: squirrels, S4 Studios, LLC
Lori C. Miller .... digital compositor: Custom Film Effects (as Lori Miller)
L. Elizabeth Powers .... digital supervisor: Custom Film Effects (as Laurie Powers)
Jim Rider .... Flame artist: Big Film Design
Rowsby .... fur stylist: S4 Studios, LLC
Amit Sethi .... senior 3D digital artist: Big Film Design
David Smithson .... data wrangler: Custom Film Effects
Mary C. Snyder .... digital compositor: Custom Film Effects (as Mary C. Hoffer)
Amani Williams .... digital compositor: Custom Film Effects (as Armani Williams)
Dennis Dorney .... digital lineup (uncredited)
Mark Sawicki .... model photography (uncredited)
Johnny Becker .... stunt performer (as John Becker)
Jay Boryea .... stunt performer
Peter Bucossi .... stunt coordinator
Jay Carrado .... stunt performer
Norman Douglass .... stunt performer
Roy Farfel .... stunt coordinator
Roy Farfel .... stunt utility
Chazz Menendez .... stunt performer
Melissa H. Morgan .... stunt performer (as Melissa Morgan)
Alex Daniels .... stunts (uncredited)
Dovile Mark .... precision driver (uncredited)
Peewee Piemonte .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Harry Wowchuk .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Alex Applefeld .... video assist
Wayne Arnold .... second assistant camera
Ted Ayd .... best boy electric
Jonathan Barber .... third electric
Jim Bridges .... still photographer
Joey Bruce .... grip (as Joseph Bruce)
Kevin 'Vinnie' Campbell .... additional electric (as Vinnie Campbell)
Frank Caslin .... additional electric
Dean Citroni .... dolly grip
Jason Foster .... additional second assistant camera
Rodney French .... key grip (as Rodney G. French)
Bill Grey .... additional first assistant camera
John Hamilton .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Chris Henry .... additional electric
David Insley .... camera operator (as Dave Insley)
David Insley .... director of photography: second unit (as Dave Insley)
Aaron Johnson .... additional electric
Brian Johnson .... third electric
John Keating .... third electric
Jay Kemp .... gaffer (as Jay D. Kemp)
Thomas Loizeaux .... additional camera operator (as Tom Loizeaux)
Eric Martin .... third electric
Dave Mikutsky .... additional electric
Charlie Newberry .... film loader
David Noble .... best boy grip (as Dave Noble)
Todd Norton .... additional electric
Alex Pacheco .... third electric
Shereen Saleh .... first assistant camera (as Shareen Saleh)
Tom Schnaidt .... camera operator: "b" camera
Blackford 'Boots' Shelton .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Boots Shelton)
Mike Sime .... video playback: 24-frame (as Michael Sime)
Rick Strodel .... grip
Wes Sullivan .... third electric
Russell A. Wicks .... generator operator (as Russ Wicks)
Mike Yoder .... third electric (as Michael Yoder)
Pauline Edwards .... camera loader: re-shoots (uncredited)
Ben Gamble .... gaffer: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Trevor Houghton .... best boy electric: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Tim Kossa .... additional electrician (uncredited)
David Leite .... key grip: additional photography (uncredited)
Joe Pacella .... second assistant camera: re-shoots (uncredited)
Julian Sternthal .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Wade Tyree .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Franz Wise .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Kerry Barden .... casting: New York
Shamos Fisher .... extras casting
Kevin Gassman .... casting intern
John Strawbridge .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Linda M. Boyland .... on-set costumer (as Linda Boyland)
Catharine Fletcher Incaprera .... wardrobe supervisor (as Catherine 'Fletch' Incaprera)
Rolande Glicenstein .... key costumer (as Rolande Glicenstien)
Michele Forsythe .... set costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Ann Gray .... post-production coordinator
Mike Stanwick .... color timer
Joe Violante .... dailies advisor (as Joey Violante)
Andrew Weisblum .... associate editor
David Block .... colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Thomas Bartke .... score editor
Larry Benicewicz .... music consultant
Scott Breadman .... musician: guiro
Chuck Choi .... recordist: Protools
George S. Clinton .... score conductor
George S. Clinton .... score producer
Jim Cox .... musician: piano
Debbi Datz-Pyle .... music contractor
Sonya Dawson .... assistant to music supervisor
Brian Dixon .... assistant score recordist
Bernie Dresel .... musician: drums (as Bernie Dressel)
Mike Flicker .... supervising score music editor
James Intveld .... musician: bass
Suzie Katayama .... music preparation
Steve Kempster .... score mixer
Steve Kempster .... score recordist
Greg Leisz .... musician: guitar
Tracy McKnight .... music supervisor
Alysia Oakley .... assistant to music supervisor
Joel C. Peskin .... musician: sax (as Joel Peskin)
Bryon Rickerson .... score editor
Jon Solomon .... assistant to music supervisor
Tom Villano .... music editor
Patrick Spain .... score assistant engineer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Charles E. Bauer .... driver (as Charles Bauer)
James Daniel Hubbard .... driver (as James Hubbard)
Greg Jacobs .... driver
Michael Luckeroth .... driver (as Mike Luckeroth)
Frank R. Matkins .... driver (as Frank Matkins)
Shawn Moran .... picture cars
Bob Phillips .... driver (as Rob Phillips)
Steve Pollack .... driver (as Steve Pollock)
Salvatore A. Raimond .... driver (as Sal Raimond)
Tony Raimondo .... transportation co-captain
Ronnie Smith .... transportation captain
Gerald Titus .... driver
Douglas A. Walk .... driver (as Doug Walk)
John C. Watkins Sr. .... driver (as John Watkins Sr.)
Foard J. Wilgis .... transportation coordinator (as Foard Wilgis)
Walter Wright .... driver (as Walter 'Pete' Wright)
Bruce Zamzow .... driver
Kenneth Ziegler Jr. .... driver (as Ken Ziegler Jr.)
Other crew
Susan Allenback .... assistant: Mr. Waters (as Susan Allenbach)
Perry Blackmon .... security supervisor
Mike Bowers .... chef: Cinema Catering
Beth Boyd .... production coordinator
Paul Brennan .... production legal: Sloss Law Office LLP (as Paul Brennan Esq.)
Chris Brohawn .... set intern
Fran Carmen .... liaison: City of Baltimore
Melissa Stanley Cohen .... additional set production assistant (as Melissa 'Stanley' Cohen)
Brian Cooper .... assistant production coordinator
Robin Cousart .... production accountant
Gabriel DellaVecchia .... second assistant production accountant (as Gabe Dellavecchia)
Melissa Demino .... office production assistant (as Melissa DeMino)
Debra Donaldson .... location manager (as Debra Donaldson Dorsy)
Michael Dudek .... office production assistant: New York City
Michael Faulkner .... location assistant
John B. Finn .... post-production accounting: JFA, Inc. (as John Finn)
Tracey Frey .... assistant: Mr. Waters
Kim Garman .... first assistant production accountant
Eric Gorcynski .... production secretary
Cindy Heidel .... assistant location manager
Frank Henenlotter .... stock footage consultant
Thomas C. Hessenauer .... office production assistant (as Thomas 'Toby' Hessenauer)
Alice Heyneman .... production office intern
Jeff Hill .... unit publicist: International House of Publicity
Tom Huston .... assistant chef: Cinema Catering
Douglas M. Jones .... set production assistant (as Douglas Jones)
Mike Koenig .... set intern
Adam Laws .... security
Nita Long-Mawyer .... dog trainer (as Nita Long Mayer)
Taylor Marshall-Green .... post-production accounting: JFA, Inc.
Cyndi Martin .... set production assistant (as Cyndi 'Cutter' Martin)
Chanelle S. Matthews .... additional set production assistant
Christine Moore .... script supervisor
Melissa Morgan .... additional set production assistant
Elena Moscatt .... craft service (as Elena Moscat)
Kerry Newberry .... accounting clerk (as Kerry Yancheski)
Eric Papa .... assistant: Mr. Hope
Charles Pugliese .... assistant: Ms. Vachon
Andrea Roa .... set production assistant
David Sherman .... set intern
Josh Slates .... assistant: Ms. Ruark
Linda Snyder .... choreographer
William 'B.J.' Spencer .... assistant security supervisor (as William 'BJ' Spencer)
Daniel Steinman .... production legal: Sloss Law Office LLP (as Daniel Steinman Esq.)
Melody Wagener .... set intern (as Melody Wagenfer)
Steve Waldron .... set intern
Heather Walker .... additional set production assistant
Scott Wallace .... medic
Robert S. Wilhelm Jr. .... key set production assistant (as Bobby Wilhelm Jr.)
Rehya Young .... assistant location manager
Ronald C. Briggs Jr. .... inventory services (uncredited)
Rick Kain .... stand-in: Chris Isaak (uncredited)
David H. Kramer .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Kevin H. Law .... production coordinator: additional photography (uncredited)
Veda Semarne .... additional script supervisor (uncredited)
Andy Signore .... production assistant: re-shoots (uncredited)
Shane Tunney .... intern: Locations Department (uncredited)
Daniel Villagomez .... credits administrator (uncredited)
Zach Wolf .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Kathi Ash .... special thanks: Maryland Film Office
Gino Colbert .... special thanks: Leisure Time Entertainment
Robert F. Colesberry .... special thanks (as Bob Colesberry)
Jon Faehn .... special thanks
Jack Gerbes .... special thanks: Maryland Film Office
Frank Hughes .... special thanks
Nina Kostroff-Noble .... special thanks (as Nina Noble)
Vinnie Laberto .... special thanks
Michael Mayer .... special thanks
Raj Patel .... special thanks
Sunny Patel .... special thanks (as Sunny)
Milton Shaw .... special thanks
Jean Sobus .... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated NC-17 for pervasive sexual content
89 min | USA:84 min (R-rated version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:R | Canada:R (Alberta) | Canada:18A (British Columbia/Ontario) | Canada:16+ (Québec) | Chile:14 (Zone "1") | Finland:K-15 | France:U | Germany:16 | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:6 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:15 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:(Banned) | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:16 (canton of Vaud) | Switzerland:16 (canton of Zurich) | UK:18 | USA:NC-17 (Certificate #40875) | USA:R (home video version)
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Did You Know?

The book David Hasselhoff reads near the end of the film, "Suicide In The Entertainment Industry" is a real book given to John Waters as a gift.See more »
Revealing mistakes: Before running out of gas, the car is turned off and in park but is still driving.See more »
Vaughn Stickles:Help us! The sex addicts are taking over. Call the National Guard!
Neuter Yuppie Woman:To hell with this!
Neuter Yuppie Man:We're moving back to D.C. where we belong!
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91 out of 125 people found the following review useful.
Trash., 19 September 2004
Author: Aussie Stud from Providence, Rhode Island

For fans of John Waters' films, "A DIRTY SHAME" will be a dream come true.

I saw this at the Provincetown premiere last night where John Waters was there in person giving a Q&A after the film had finished.

Tracy Ullman plays a sexually conservative and uptight suburban housewife who works with her husband (Chris Isaak) at his mother's convenience store. Their daughter (Selma Blair) has huge mummies (and I emphasize "HUGE") who works at a strip joint but has been sentenced to house arrest after being indicted on several accounts of "public indecent exposure".

Her husband's mother, Big Ethel (Suzanne Shepherd) is against all kinds of sexual perversions and is consistently disgusted by the shameless vulgar acts of sex committed by the residents of her community. Those who are against these acts are labeled "neuters", and once and for all, Big Ethel decides to lead an uprising against all of the deviants in her community, with a little help from Marge (Mink Stole) who noticed the "shaved" crotch of a pervert whom she caught masturbating on the public bus!

Soon enough, Ullman is sexually liberated by Ray-Ray (Johnny Knoxville) after her car breaks down and she is struck against the head by a tool in the back of his tow truck. Her concussion causes her to discover her "inner whore" and she begins a new mission to sexually liberate those around her, by using none other than her vagina!

Many of John Waters' fans will recognize many actors he has used in his past films. Patricia Hearst ("SERIAL MOM", "PECKER", "CECIL B DEMENTED" as a recovering "sex addict" in a 12-step program, Jean Schertler ("PECKER") as a disgusted bus commuter and Jean Hill ("DESPERATE LIVING") as an angry wife who fends off Ullman's sexual advances towards her equally horny husband with a rolling pin in hand!

"A DIRTY SHAME" is funnier than "PECKER" and the abysmal "CECIL B DEMENTED" and finally gives Mink Stole a role that offers more than just a "walk on". Unfortunately, John Waters has alienated himself from the mainstream audience (which is a good thing AND a bad thing) yet again. I feel that the only people who will admire and appreciate this film are either exclusive John Waters fans or gay men!

Some interesting points that John Waters raised during the Q&A session was how he fought the MPAA for an "R" rating but lost in a 7-4 vote. He also seemed to be mystified by the "NC-17" rating and tried to defend it by saying that most of the nudity was in the context of "comedy" and not "porn", but I would say after seeing this movie that that is hardly the issue! There is a very STRONG theme of sex, especially where it concerns the more "alternative" side such as "defecating", "felching" and "public ejaculation"! Not that there's anything wrong with it!

Many of the things that are said are very sexually laden, like when Ullman declares, "Now that's what I call sneezing in the cabbage!" or, "My pu**y's on fire!".

He also mentioned that the community he filmed "A DIRTY SHAME" in was very friendly and that they all posed next to the trees with prosthetic vaginas and sphincters with their families for photos!

He said that Jean Hill was very ill during her small cameo in this film and that in her scene, there were three men behind her propping her up and that there was an oxygen tank and mask just off-screen.

Sitting in the screening right next to me was Max Mueller who played baby Noodles in "PINK FLAMINGOS".

This film has everything. From gay bears and horny squirrels, to food fetish and "upper deck" floaters (watch the movie to find out what this means), to a less-than-embarrassing cameo appearance by David Hasselhoff that involves him and an airplane toilet!

Everyone applauded when the film ended. It was John Waters' return to disgusting trash, and we all loved it! Unfortunately, I don't think ANYONE outside of the above-mentioned demographic would want to touch this film with a 10-yard pole, and that is what I meant in reference to where I think that the alienation of the mainstream audience was a bad thing. I think everyone should see this!

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