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A Dirty Shame (2004)

NC-17 | | Comedy | 24 September 2004 (USA)
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An uptight, middle-aged, repressed woman turns into a sex addict after getting hit on the head, and she then falls into an underground subculture of sex addicts in suburban Baltimore.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sylvia
... Ray Ray
... Caprice
... Vaughn
... Big Ethel
... Marge The Neuter
... Paige
... Dora
Nick Noble ... Weird Paperboy (as Nicholas E.I. Noble)
Lucy Newman-Williams ... Neuter Yuppie Woman
Scott Morgan ... Neuter Yuppie Man
... Fat Fuck Frank
... Mama Bear
David Moretti ... Papa Bear (as Dave Moretti)
Jeffrey Auerbach ... Baby Bear
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Middle-aged, sexually repressed Sylvia Stickles is the subject of this John Water's film, set in North Baltimore. She refuses to have sex with her husband, Vaughn Stickles, and keeps her overly-endowed daughter, Caprice, locked in her room, while she serves home detention for moral depravity charges. Sylvia, together with her mother Big Ethel, lead a group calling themselves "neuters" that promotes decency on Harford Road. When Sylvia is accidentally hit on the head by a lawnmower hanging out of a passing pick-up truck, however, her sexual behavior is changed completely from prude to prostitute. She meets the sex addicted sexual healer Ray Ray Perkins, becoming his twelfth apostle of sex in a journey of pleasure and orgasm. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Threatening the very limits of common decency.

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Rated NC-17 for pervasive sexual content | See all certifications »

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24 September 2004 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,384, 19 September 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,339,668, 7 November 2004
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Trivia

John Waters has been quoted as saying that had Divine, his friend and frequent collaborator, still been alive, he would have played the role of Big Ethel. See more »

Goofs

Before running out of gas, the car is turned off and in park but is still driving. See more »

Quotes

Sylvia Stickles: Mother, I don't feel well.
Big Ethel: Well, no wonder, they've got blatant homosexuals shopping right in our store. They eat life, you know... Sperm!
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Referenced in Walking Tall (2004) See more »

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Teddy Bears On Parade
Performed by Peter Pan Players and Orchestra
Written by Adelmo Melecci
Courtesy of Tinkerbell/Ambassador Records
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The decline of John Waters.
23 October 2005 | by See all my reviews

Here comes "A Dirty Shame", John Waters' last hooliganism. It must be said: Waters is more a product of a specific time than a good cinema director. He was in the right place at the right moment to scandalize the so puritan American society of the 70's with movies such as "Pink Flmingos" or "Female Trouble" (most of them played by the unclassifiable Divine and a huge cast of freaks and outsiders). Disrespect, ugliness, a look worthy of the "do it yourself" punk slogan... A few movies that, in their own context, were so valuable, they broke taboos, they spit in the face of that society because the future was coming.

Well, now the future has come, and Waters left behind the amateur ways in order to make some brilliant pieces ("Cry Baby", "Serial Mom") that were more in the Hollywood style, much more according to the mainstream ways. With "A Dirty Shame" John seems to want to go back to his origins, to scandalize deep America's rednecks, the friends of the Rifle Association, the Mormons... In order to achieve that he's written a rather coarse story about an epidemic of sex-addiction somewhere in middle America, sort of a spicy version of the "Invasion of the Body snatchers". Rough humor, and a few laughing.

Main attractions? Well, we got the MTV-boy Johnny Knoxville and Tracey Ullman that were born to make comedies, and the exquisite taste of Mr. Waters for the music: "S Dirty Shame" has a soundtrack full of fantastic 50's music. In short: maybe with some wallpaper, a camera on the shoulder, and going 30 years back in time this product would make any sense. But we're in 2005, and the man who shot Divine eating canine feces has just made his worst film ever. Let's see if the next time John Waters does it better (I really hope so).

*My rate: 2.5/10


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