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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 ...
Bitch ...
Bitch / Shortbus House Band
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Leah, the Beautiful Couple
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Jan Hilmer ...
Nick, the Beautiful Couple
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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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Drama | Romance

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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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Trivia

During auditioning and casting, any interested actors were to submit a 10-minute video of themselves describing an important sexual experience. The director received approximately 500 tapes. 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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Referenced in Brows Held High: W.R.: Mysteries of the Organism (2012) See more »

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In the End
Written by Scott Matthew
Performed by Justin Bond and the Hungry March Band
Arranged and Produced by Louis Schwadron
Engineered and Mixed by Keith Gary
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It's kinda like an art movie, only without the art, or the movie...
26 December 2007 | by (Serbia and Montenegro) – See all my reviews

I kinda like porn, I have at least five favourite actresses. The problem with porn is that it's often just too cheesy and artificial. At least that's my problem with porn.

I love watching a good drama, because it's the only genre that takes its time to make you care about the characters. There's no big problem regarding dramas, I just wish there are more good ones, with thought-provoking themes. Sex is a huge part of everyone's life, so having a life uncensored on screen, with a strong author who has something to say - now that would be a winner.

So, don't watch Shortbus. It's got nothing of the above.

It tries to shock you, it's got people whining and acting all sad, and having lots of on-screen sex. But it just doesn't involve you with the story (was there a story?) and the characters.

According to reviews, the characters were supposed to be the main thing about this film. Well, they weren't really. I suppose the author wanted to make a sex+drama project, and everything else came as an afterthought. Nothing seems convincing or natural, and around the 30th minute I started wondering "why am I watching this".

Maybe it's just me, perhaps someone who resembles the characters depicted in the movie will find it to be great wanking & crying material.


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