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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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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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Trivia

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation was going to fire Sook-Yin Lee when they learned that she was going to be participating in a film with explicit sexual content. Several prominent individuals came to her rescue, including Gus Van Sant, Atom Egoyan, David Cronenberg and Julianne Moore, in successfully urging CBC to retain Lee as a member of their staff. See more »

Goofs

The moment Jamie enters alone the swimming pool he is fully naked. When he is rescued by 'the stalker', you can see a (very short) underwater shot of his body wearing black underwear/swimwear. 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 Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 7 October 2006 (2006) See more »

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Love Will Take Over
Performed by Ari Gold
Written by Ari Gold
Published by Boogie Sauce Music (BMI)/Last Kiss Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of GOLD 18 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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