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Shortbus -- A group of New Yorkers get caught up in their romantic-sexual milieu converge at an underground salon infamous for its blend of art, music, politics, and carnality.
Shortbus -- A group of New Yorkers get caught up in their romantic-sexual milieu converge at an underground salon infamous for its blend of art, music, politics, and carnality.
Shortbus -- A group of New Yorkers get 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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Writer (WGA):
John Cameron Mitchell (written by)
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Release Date:
6 October 2006 (Canada) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Voyeurism is Participation See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
7 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Burning Rubber and Me, Me, Me! See more (201 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Sook-Yin Lee ... Sofia

Paul Dawson ... James

Lindsay Beamish ... Severin
PJ DeBoy ... Jamie
Raphael Barker ... Rob

Peter Stickles ... Caleb, the Stalker
Jay Brannan ... Ceth

Alan Mandell ... Tobias, the Mayor
Adam Hardman ... Jesse, the John
Ray Rivas ... Shabbos Goy
Bitch ... Bitch / Shortbus House Band
Shanti Carson ... Leah, the Beautiful Couple

Justin Hagan ... Brad
Jan Hilmer ... Nick, the Beautiful Couple
Stephen Kent Jusick ... Creamy

Yolonda Ross ... Faustus
Jocelyn Samson ... Jid (as JD Samson)

Daniela Sea ... Little Prince

Miriam Shor ... Cheryl

Rachael C. Smith ... Zoey (as Rachael Cyna Smith)
Derek Jackson ... Derek
Paul Oakley Stovall ... Magnus
Lex Vaughn ... Bucky
Justin Bond ... Himself
David Pittu ... Jacuzzi Hunter
Jeff Whitty ... Jacuzzi Hunted
Mickey Cottrell ... Dead Man in the Jacuzzi

Mary Beth Peil ... Ann (Our Lady of the Gutter)
Bradford Scobie ... Dr. Donut

Murray Hill ... Murray Hill
Ethan Eunson-Conn ... Sex-Not-Bombs Room D.J.

Jonathan Caouette ... Blondie-Grabber
Rachel Friedman ... Yenta Voice (voice)
Reg Vermue ... The Albino
Tanya Gagné ... The Wau Wau Sister
Adrienne Truscott ... The Wau Wau Sister

Dirty Martini ... Dirty Martini
Timmy Young ... Mikey / Oglesby the Puppet
The World Famous *BoB* ... The World Famous *BOB*
Eric Gilliland ... Eric Gilliland
Jasper James ... Jasper
Grace Kahng ... Suicide Nurse
Ralph Gunderman ... Radio Announcer (voice)
Nate Calkins ... Shortbus House Band
Christine Choi ... Shortbus House Band
Paul Festa ... Shortbus House Band / Sextra
Peter Gingerich ... Shortbus House Band
Scott Matthew ... Shortbus House Band
Louis Schwadron ... Shortbus House Band
Jeanette Seidman ... Shortbus House Band
Matt Way ... Shortbus House Band
Jeannann Seidman ... Shortbus House Band
Brent Alberghini ... Sextra
Ashley Balavender ... Sextra
Jonathan Bastiani ... Sextra
John Caffery ... Sextra
Anthony Cefala ... Sextra
Aeran Doron ... Sextra
Patrick Egan ... Sextra
Cat Erickson ... Sextra
Feva ... Sextra
Colin Fitzpatrick ... Sextra
Michael C. Freeland ... Sextra
Shawn Frenté ... Sextra
Pamela Giaroli ... Sextra
Joseph Gross ... Sextra
Christopher Hamblin ... Sextra
Timothy Heber ... Sextra
Sienna Horton ... Sextra
Bel Jordan ... Sextra
Joseph Keckler ... Sextra
Bré Kelly ... Sextra
Kenneth Lang ... Sextra
Lapis Luxury ... Sextra

Erin Markey ... Sextra
Janie Martinez ... Sextra
Kelly McKay ... Sextra
Jesse Miller ... Sextra
Kristen Munchheimer ... Sextra
Nicole Pasulka ... Sextra
Carlo Quispe ... Sextra
Emma Rander ... Sextra
David W. Robinson ... Sextra
Jesse Sanford ... Sextra
Frank Susa ... Sextra
Tristan Taormino ... Sextra
Matt Thomas ... Sextra
Layard Thompson ... Sextra
Colten Tognazzini ... Sextra
Jorge Torres ... Sextra
Lix Velvet ... Sextra
Will D. Ware ... Sextra
Isabelle Woodley ... Sextra
Leopard Zeppard ... Sextra
Kris Anton ... Hungry March Band
Jason Candler ... Hungry March Band
Jon 'Corn Mo' Cunningham ... Hungry March Band
Luca Fadda ... Hungry March Band
Emily Fairey ... Hungry March Band
Julie Hair ... Hungry March Band
Michele Hardesty ... Hungry March Band

Jen Emma Hertel ... Hungry March Band
John Heyenga ... Hungry March Band
Ben Holtzman ... Hungry March Band

Richard Hutchins ... Hungry March Band
Sebastian Isler ... Hungry March Band
Joseph B. Keady ... Hungry March Band
Quince Marcum ... Hungry March Band
Ben Meyers ... Hungry March Band
Anders Nelson ... Hungry March Band
Greg Schneiderman ... Hungry March Band
Sasha Sumner ... Hungry March Band
Samantha Tsisktinas ... Hungry March Band
Sara Valentine ... Hungry March Band
Theresa Westerdahl ... Hungry March Band
Okkon Yokoyama ... Hungry March Band
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Slattery ... Piñata Boy
Fast Ali ... Party Girl (uncredited)
Brad Bachtell ... Extra (uncredited)

Marc Bonan ... House Band Guest (uncredited)

John Cameron Mitchell ... Sextra (uncredited)
Justin Tranter ... Sextra (uncredited)
Travis Tyskiewicz ... Orgy Member (uncredited)

Directed by
John Cameron Mitchell 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
John Cameron Mitchell (written by)

Produced by
Wouter Barendrecht .... executive producer
Alexis Fish .... executive producer
Howard Gertler .... producer
Pamela Hirsch .... co-producer
Richie Jackson .... co-executive producer
John Cameron Mitchell .... producer
Morgan Higby Night .... associate producer
Tim Perell .... producer
Bobbi Thompson .... co-executive producer
Michael J. Werner .... executive producer
Neil Westreich .... associate producer
Richard Wofford .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Yo La Tengo 
 
Cinematography by
Frank G. DeMarco 
 
Film Editing by
Brian A. Kates 
 
Casting by
Susan Shopmaker 
 
Production Design by
Jody Asnes 
 
Set Decoration by
Sarah E. McMillan 
 
Costume Design by
Kurt and Bart 
 
Makeup Department
Jill Astmann .... additional makeup artist
Davion Edwards .... additional hair stylist
Fabian Garcia .... hair department head
Fabian Garcia .... key hair stylist
Maya Hardinge .... key makeup artist
Julia Lallas .... additional makeup artist
Dionne Pitsikoulis .... additional makeup artist
Amanda Ross .... additional makeup artist
 
Production Management
Ramsey Fong .... unit production manager: second unit
Michael Romero .... production supervisor
Matthew Shapiro .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sarah Rae Garrett .... second assistant director
Karen Kane .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Hilary Basing .... art department intern
James Bednark .... art production assistant
Sarah Berney .... charge scenic artist
Kate Bryant .... set dresser
Gabu Camilo .... assistant property master: prep
James Capolarello .... art department intern
Benji Cox .... art department production assistant
Yolan Fisher .... assistant property master
Carl Li .... art assistant
JoJo Li .... art production assistant
Elizabeth Minot .... set dresser
Jacquelyn Moses .... art department production assistant
Julio Palma .... set dresser
Tricia Peck .... set production assistant
Kyle Salvatore .... on-set dresser
Heather Wellik .... art department production assistant
Bentley Wood .... property master
 
Sound Department
Leslie Bloom .... foley artist
Benjamin Cheah .... sound designer
Ryan Collison .... foley engineer
Mark Corbin .... adr recordist
Anguibe Guindo .... additional boom operator
John Gutierrez .... boom operator
Lora Hirschberg .... sound re-recording mixer
Ken Ishii .... production sound mixer
Jay Peck .... foley artist
Brandon Proctor .... sound re-recording mixer
Jeff Pullman .... additional boom operator
Jac Rubenstein .... supervising adr editor
Jac Rubenstein .... supervising dialogue editor
Chris Stangroom .... adr recordist
Gregg Swiatlowski .... assistant sound
Damian Volpe .... adr recordist
Joe White .... boom operator
Tom Gambale .... sound designer (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
John Bair .... animator
John Dowdell .... 2K digital intermediate colorist
Peter Heady .... 2k digital intermediate editor
Peter Heady .... EFX artist
Robert Dahlem .... main title designer (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Manny Siverio .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Elliott Breeden .... assistant videographer
Michael F. Burke .... assistant camera (as Michael Burke)
Sung Rae Cho .... first assistant camera
Doug Foote .... first assistant camera
Jack Foster .... electrician
Bob Izzo .... key grip
Paul McCarthy .... gaffer
Jim Mickle .... additional grip
Joseph Paolini .... third grip
R. Samul .... best boy grip
Makario Sarsozo .... additional camera operator
Ned Stresen-Reuter .... additional still photographer
Lee Vickery .... additional assistant camera
JoJo Whilden .... still photographer
Zenfeek .... additional electrician
 
Casting Department
Judy Bowman .... casting associate
Meredith Jacobson .... extras casting
Erica Palgon .... casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Olivia Mori .... set costumer
Shelby Saboy .... wardrobe assistant
Michelle Elaine Teague .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Jason Crump .... colorist: dailies
John Dowdell .... digital intermediate colorist
Jean Lane .... digital intermediate producer
Hedia Maron .... post-production intern
Ali Muney .... assistant editor
Trina Rose .... editorial assistant
Marin Sander-Holzman .... associate editor
Tim Spitzer .... digital intermediate supervisor
Stan Sztaba .... negative matcher
Mike Trinker .... digital intermediate editor
Ethan Weinstock .... post-production intern
 
Music Department
Nancy Allen .... music editor
Michael Hill .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Matthew Amenta .... production assistant: first team
Steve Berman .... completion bond
David Bizgia .... pre-production assistant
Elliott Breeden .... production assistant
Elliott Breeden .... workshop assistant
Brian Cantaldi .... production accountant
Carol A. Compton .... script clearance
James Coppola .... extras coordinator
Tristan Cowen .... craft service
Jeremy Crane .... assistant production coordinator
Ryan Davis .... workshop assistant
Patricia de Paula .... production coordinator
Andrei Diakov .... assistant: Howard Gertler
Nikki Ellis .... background crew
Steve Faughnan .... assistant location manager
Eric Gerdts .... office production intern
Peter Heady .... finishing artist
Diane Hounsell .... script supervisor
Blake Leyh .... pee & vibrator consultant
Derek J. Manganelli .... location assistant
Angel O. Mendez .... office intern
Jasmine Mohamed .... office production assistant
Ashanti Ngozi .... production assistant
David Paritsky .... office intern
Jennifer Quesenbery .... location scout
Will Schluter .... production assistant
Louis Schwadron .... assistant: John Cameron Mitchell
Collin Smith .... location manager
Jesse Spellman .... intern
Raymond Willis .... production assistant
Terri Yuan .... intern
 
Thanks
Miguel Arteta .... very special thanks
Rozie Bacchi .... special thanks
Semi Chellas .... thanks
Jerry Ciccoritti .... thanks
Francis Ford Coppola .... thanks
Douglas Coupland .... thanks
David Cronenberg .... thanks
Andrea Dorfman .... thanks
Atom Egoyan .... thanks
Fab Filippo .... thanks
Thom Fitzgerald .... thanks
Bart Freundlich .... thanks
Matthew Herrmann .... thanks
Ellen A. Huang .... special thanks
Anne Hubbell .... thanks
Dan'l Linehan .... thanks
Moby .... special thanks
Julianne Moore .... thanks
Nancy Nigrosh .... thanks
Yoko Ono .... thanks
Jeremy Podeswa .... thanks
Patricia Rozema .... thanks
Michael Stipe .... thanks
Gus Van Sant .... thanks
 

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Runtime:
101 min
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R | Canada:R (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:18+ (Québec) | Denmark:16 | Finland:K-18 | France:-16 (with warning) | Germany:18 | Hong Kong:III | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM18 | Japan:R-18 | Malaysia:(Banned) | Mexico:C | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:18 | Portugal:M/18 | Singapore:(Banned) | South Korea:Limited (original rating) | South Korea:18 (re-rating) (2009) | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:18 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:18 (canton of Vaud) | UK:18 | USA:Unrated | USA:TV-MA (TV rating)
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Did You Know?

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:
Continuity: 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.
Jesse, the John:Let me put it this way: do you think we should get out of Iraq?
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Is You Is or Is You Ain't My BabySee more »

FAQ

Why is the movie called Shortbus?
Why actual sex? Is it really necessary?
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80 out of 131 people found the following review useful.
Burning Rubber and Me, Me, Me!, 14 December 2006
Author: yvrbp441 from United States

"We're hippies without hope," a character says in "Shortbus." He neglects to mention these people have their heads so far up their asses that they're practically autistic. No one in "Shortbus" is interested in anyone else except as fuel for their own self-image. They'd rather talk about their own needs and what they think their current boyfriends should need.

There is an Asian woman in "Shortbus" who cannot have an orgasm, but damned if she doesn't keep rubbing at it until, by her fourth attempt, we're sick to death of her. (My movie date asked if I smelled rubber burning.)

The rest of the cast are mostly twinks in their early thirties whose narcissism and angst make you want to shout "Have you ever thought of doing some volunteer work?" One of the drugged-out depressed queens suffers so much he feels he must immortalize it on video so others can appreciate his torment after he's dead.

There is a suicide scene in a pool that seems to be there so we can see more of what we've already seen plenty of (not that it's unattractive), and a rescue by yet another alienated twink who has been following all this with his own camera (Yes, another camera). It leads to what must be the film's true "message," a scene where someone plays bottom in anal sex for the first time. Now this might have been the place where the hardcore sex would have been really interesting. However this is one of the places where John Cameron Mitchell chose to be coy and there's only simulated sex. Wha?! Look, either do it or don't.

The great Justin Bond is photographed badly and not allowed to bring us the ripped-to-the-tits high energy fun he delivers any night in his great Kiki and Herb Show. In this home movie, he's reduced to being just another stoned bi-tranny, singing and babbling. Oh, and when the young dominatrix is on screen you can hear members of the audience murmuring "It's the Jennifer Jason Leigh" part.

As for the hardcore scenes, "Shortbus" fails in the same way other legit movies have failed when they tried to incorporate real sex into plot. It's the exhibitionism of the actors that we respond to, and when the sex is over and we're asked to go back to getting involved with these pathologically self-obsessed backward children we feel a little let down.

The trick to slice-of-life movies is to make the ordinary extraordinary. "Shortbus" with its vapid pretty twinks and its half-drawn frustrated women endlessly digging at themselves never does get as interesting at it thinks it is.

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