A Dirty Shame (NC-17 Rated Theatrical Version)
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From the outrageous John Waters, writer-director of Pink Flamingos and Hairspray, comes another signature exercise in bad taste. Sylvia Stickles (Tracey Ullman), the owner of a convenience store in a working-class Baltimore neighborhood, suffers a concussion. The injury causes a drastic change in her sexual drive, turning her into a sex addict with crazy, wild and urgent desires and compulsions, much to the joy and then frustration of her husband (Chris Isaak), who has trouble keeping up with her. As Sylvia's insatiable libido reaches fever pitch, her new oversexed personality threatens to tear apart the remnants of what wasn't an entirely perfect family to begin with. And that's A Dirty Shame.]]>
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To add insult to injury, IT WAS MORE EXPENSIVE!
That trademark Waters' vibe starts buzzing as soon as the dialogue begins. The soundtrack, peppered with obscure novelty ditties, and raunchy instrumental oldies is bullseye-perfect.
Just like Melanie Griffith in Cecil B. Demented, Ullmann sinks her teeth into the role and her rubbery face and sketch comedy background allow her to immediately adjust her style to Waters' material. Johnny Knoxville is wickedly charismatic, and Selma Blair is hilarious yet surprisingly vulnerable as the ridiculously over-endowed "Ursula Udders". (You just wanna put a raincoat over that poor girl at times). Mink Stole returns in a meatier role than she's had in years (plus a purposely-unflattering hairstyle to say the least).
The story was well paced and let it not be said this film dragged in certain spots. Waters' knows how to keep the action going and purposely keeps all his movies within a 90-minute running time. The finale featuring the head-butting was sort of lost on me during my initial viewing and some may be put off by its somewhat repetitive nature, but it wasn't until I realized that this was the "new sex act", that I accepted it for what it was. (See, even a Waters' junkie like me needs multiple viewings to catch everything!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this film. It's my favorite contemporary John Waters movie. The closest your going to get to his golden age.Published 20 days ago by R. Wolanin
I haven't seen a John Waters film in ages, so I thought it was hilarious. Waters fanatics may have a different view. All star cast to boot! Read morePublished 2 months ago by P Willco
This is just a thought: But what if the new sex act involved the insertion of one's head into others and if Ray Ray inserted his head into himself and... Read more
Classic John Waters. Hilariously sick but not as gross as Pink Flamingos poo scene with Devine.Published 5 months ago by Angel rocks2rule