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Shortbus (2006)

Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 20 October 2006 (USA)
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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Rob
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Caleb, the Stalker
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Alan Mandell ...
Tobias, the Mayor
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Jesse, the John
Ray Rivas ...
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Bitch / Shortbus House Band
Shanti Carson ...
Leah, the Beautiful Couple
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Jan Hilmer ...
Nick, the Beautiful Couple
Stephen Kent Jusick ...
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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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Open Your Mind. And Everything Else. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Unrated | See all certifications »

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20 October 2006 (USA)  »

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The Sex Film Project  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$1,984,378 (USA) (2 February 2007)
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1.78 : 1
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To make the actors more comfortable, the director and the cameramen were stripped naked while filming the orgy scene. See more »

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When James and Jamie are talking about Ceth and about their relationship, the dancer in the back goes from topless in one shot, to with a top in the next. 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.
Jesse, the John: Let me put it this way: do you think we should get out of Iraq?
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Crazy Credits

The orgy participants seen throughout Club Shortbus are credited as 'Sextras' at the end of the film. See more »

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Featured in SexTV: George Pitts/Private Eye Couple/Shortbus (2006) See more »

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Performed by John LaMonica
Written by John LaMonica II
Published by EKM Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of John LaMonica
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Just Plain Bad
29 July 2009 | by (Palm Desert, California) – See all my reviews

An extremely weak excuse for a plot and even more a weak excuse for entertainment. A sex therapist can't have an orgasm. She reveals this to two of her clients who invite her to a place called "Shortbus" where all kinds of sex goes on. The sex is shown graphically, even down to the "money shots" that pornography relies on to pay the bills. The movie is incredibly sad. No one is happy and everyone is a victim. If you like sex, love or intimacy, stay away from this film. It will make you prefer taking a vow of chastity for a more entertaining lifestyle. Seriously, "Shortbus" features scene after scene of people chasing that first orgasm. There is no love, no fun, no caring, no sharing, just orgies, sex toys, masturbation and a pathetic grasping for a drug like euphoria through mindless sex. A lame excuse for a provocative study of sexual proclivities. If romance killing is your cup of tea, rent this film.


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