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Shortbus (2006)

Unrated  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  6 October 2006 (Canada)
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A group of New Yorkers caught up in their romantic-sexual milieu converge at an underground salon infamous for its blend of art, music, politics, and carnality.

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Storyline

Numerous New York City dwellers come to the exclusive club Shortbus to work out problems in their sexual relationships. Rob and Sophia are a happily married couple, except for the fact that she has never experienced sexual climax. This irony follows her to work because she is a couples counselor who frequently has to deal with the sexual issues other couples have. Two of her patients are Jamie and James, a gay couple who have been monogamous for five years and counting. James wants to bring other men in to the relationship, and his own history with depression may hint at an ulterior motive. Ceth (pronounced Seth) may be the perfect addition to their family, but Caleb, a voyeur from across the street, may have his own ideas about that. Sophia visits Severin, a dominatrix with secrets of her own to reveal. Written by Anonymous

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6 October 2006 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$107,907 (USA) (6 October 2006)

Gross:

$1,984,378 (USA) (2 February 2007)
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In Sofia's office, the large framed characters on the wall behind her spell 'Help Me' in Chinese. See more »

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Caleb is sitting in a chair in the background when Jamie asks James if James still loves him. In a reaction shot, Caleb is standing in a doorway. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jesse, the John: Are you a top or a bottom?
Severin: I beg your pardon?
Jesse, the John: I mean in real life.
Severin: This is real life.
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The orgy participants seen throughout Club Shortbus are credited as 'Sextras' at the end of the film. See more »

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The Lie and How We Told It
Written & Performed by Yo La Tengo
Published by Roshashauna Music (BMI)/Excellent Classical Songs (BMI)
Courtesy of Matador Records
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Explicit, and that's a good thing
22 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What everyone will hear about "Shortbus" is that the sex is real and explicit. Yes, this is all true. But so is the emotional journey the characters go through.

Far from being crude or offensive, Shortbus is fresh, insightful, celebratory -- and, most importantly, focused on the fully realized people, not just the bodies, who bare their flesh and feelings on screen. Like Michael Winterbottom, who made the explicit "9 Songs," writer/director John Cameron Mitchell says he wants to show true human sexuality as part of his story. Unlike "9 Songs," which seemed to focus on 1/8 of the full human experience of relationships (concerts and sex), Mitchell's "Shortbus" approaches 9/10 of the authentic experience of being human, being miserable, looking to come to joy, and exploring funny, sensual, and affectionate avenues to get there.

Is "Shortbus" provocative? Yes. Is it explicit? Yes! And these are good things in these politically authoritarian times.


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