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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Dawson ... James
Lindsay Beamish ... Severin
Adam Hardman Adam Hardman ... Jesse, the John
Sook-Yin Lee ... Sofia
Raphael Barker ... Rob
Peter Stickles ... Caleb, the Stalker
PJ DeBoy PJ DeBoy ... Jamie
David Pittu ... Jacuzzi Hunter
Jeff Whitty ... Jacuzzi Hunted
Mickey Cottrell ... Dead Man in the Jacuzzi
Mary Beth Peil ... Ann (Our Lady of the Gutter)
Shanti Carson Shanti Carson ... Leah, the Beautiful Couple
Jan Hilmer Jan Hilmer ... Nick, the Beautiful Couple
Mx Justin Vivian Bond ... Justin Bond
Bradford Scobie Bradford Scobie ... Dr. Donut
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Storyline

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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Searching for your inner-sexual soul in The Big Apple. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Sex Film Project See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

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:

$5,093,860, 15 April 2007
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In Sofia's office, the large framed characters on the wall behind her spell 'Help Me' in Chinese. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 9 mins) 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 »

Connections

Referenced in Brows Held High: What Is It? (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

I Can't Give You Anything But Love
Performed by Fats Waller and Una Mae Carlisle
Written by Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields
Published by EMI April Music, Inc./Happy Aspen Music LLC (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Bluebird/Novus/RCA Victor Group
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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It's kinda like an art movie, only without the art, or the movie...
26 December 2007 | by revolution-7See 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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