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Shortbus (2006)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 20 October 2006 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sofia
... James
... Severin
PJ DeBoy ... Jamie
... Rob
... Caleb, the Stalker
... 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
... Brad
Jan Hilmer ... Nick, the Beautiful Couple
Stephen Kent Jusick ... Creamy
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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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Voyeurism is Participation See more »

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Drama | Romance

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20 October 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Sex Film Project  »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$107,907, 8 October 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,985,292, 8 February 2007

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,108,568, 15 April 2007
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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

When we are first introduced to the Shortbus club, a Shortbus guest takes some food off a platter of nibbles. The guest is Jonathan Caouette, director of Tarnation (2003). Shortbus (2006) director John Cameron Mitchell worked as Executive Producer on Tarnation (2003). 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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References In the Realm of the Senses (1976) See more »

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This House
Written by Brian Bender and Jasper James
Performed by Jasper James and the Jetset
Published by RGBB Publishing (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Brian Bender and Jasper James
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a road story with a difference.
16 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

There are a couple of features about this movie that will hit you. Yes there is some rather graphic sex, but to anyone after hitting adulthood it works purely to support the film, erotic would be too strong a word for it. It is to everybody's' credit that this was possible. The model of New York works great and is a real devise for the movie.

As we progress through the film we see the lives of a small group of New Yorkers grow as they develop their relationships or indeed the quest for a relationship. The medium for bringing these lives together is the "Shortbus" club. A rather carnal club which they all drawn to becomes a focus for their development. Each confronts their own particular daemons. As heavy as this sounds, it is quite a light hearted film. The closing scenes are fantastic. As you watch this film you will feel yourself being dragged in, until the end when u feel almost as if you are part of it.

A great movie, one which should become a cult classic (only because it might be a bit too "graphic" for mainstream cinemas, but certainly a classic. Any attempt to sanitize and edit it would surely destroy the film.

This movie will make you laugh, cry and sing; you will leave the movie theatre affected by this film.


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