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  • Actors: Howard Stern, Mary McCormack, Robin Quivers, Fred Norris, Paul Giamatti
  • Directors: Betty Thomas
  • Writers: Howard Stern, Len Blum, Michael Kalesniko
  • Producers: Celia D. Costas, Daniel Goldberg, Ivan Reitman, Joe Medjuck
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: December 15, 1998
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (214 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305222908
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,232 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Based on a best-selling autobiography, this comedy drama is the surprisingly sweet-natured life story of a controversial radio personality. Howard Stern, who stars as himself, is a nerdy New York kid who dreams of a disc jockey career despite being a self-loathing klutz who lacks a traditional broadcaster's voice. A strikeout artist in college, Stern's romantic travails end when he meets and marries Alison (Mary McCormack), a beautiful social worker. Stern's early career at several radio stations is undistinguished. Bored, he makes his life the centerpiece of his show, including his obsessions with sex and bathroom humor, and he finds willing cohorts in news reporter Robin Quivers and producer Fred Norris. After an abortive tenure at a Washington D.C. station that loathes his high-rated antics, he lands at NBC in New York. Again, Stern clashes regularly with executives, especially Kenny "Pig Vomit" Rushton (Paul Giamatti), who runs roughshod over Stern's team. At home, Stern's tendency to discuss the intimate details of his marriage takes a toll, reaching a meltdown when he jokes about Alison's recent miscarriage on-air.

Customer Reviews

This film is one of the best films I have ever seen.
R. Riemensnyder
I really love Howard Stern - and for all the people that want to bash him, they should really think twice and get to know the man behind the microphone.
Howard and his gang play themselves, and Paul Giamatti gives a great performance as Kenny.
W. Sullivan

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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By CRV on January 16, 2003
Format: DVD
I'm a big Howard Stern fan however, I'm giving this movie 3 stars because it falls short of living up to the geniune vulgar comedy present in the book. yeah I said vulgar and its damn funny.
This film hardly shows us Howards funny but, true childhood expereinces such as when his mother made him wear her underwear to school because all of his were dirty. We didn't see him get beat up by blacks when living in a predominantly black community. We didn't see his comical sexual experiences during his adolescent years as he described in this book. The list goes on and those were the funniest parts of the Book yet, this movie didn't take advantage of it.
It appeared Ivan Riteman (whatever way his name is spelled) chose to only focus on Howards career & marriage and put a lighthearted spin on it. Yeah, I know Howard eggxagerates his personality on the radio but, the book had more of a politically incorrect NC-17 tone to it. This Movie however, fails to capture that but, instead makes Howard into a likeable goodhearted person. That was obviously Paramount's strategy to make this film appeal to a broad mainstream audience however, That clearly backfired since it only earned 42 Million and most of that revenue came from loyal Howard Stern Fans. I think this movie could have been the funniest movie ever made if the director used Howards book as a blueprint, however it ends up being a tame watered down version of what it should have been.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Regina McMenamin on April 2, 2006
Format: DVD
This film is not for everyone. As much as it does, at times, candy-coat the raunchy nature of Howard Stern's radio show, PRIVATE PARTS will never convert adamant Howard-haters.

Still if you sit back and enjoy the story, this is a fun movie about the rise of a famous (and to some infamous) radio personality who invented a genre of talk show that's been copied relentlessly over the last 20 years.

Directed by "Hill Street Blues" actress Betty Thomas and loosely based on a best selling book by the same title, PRIVATE PARTS stars all the characters Howard made famous since the early 80s on DC and New York City radio shows.

As a result, this cast is mostly comprised of non-actors playing themselves, at various stages of their lives so you have to "suspend belief," as Howard himself urges viewers at the beginning of this film. (A 40 year old Howard Stern doesn't look like the geeky teenager he once was, though trust me he still looks geeky).

Since every Howard fan has already seen this film many times over, I would recommend PRIVATE PARTS to open-minded people who are unfamiliar with him but up for a great tale about the life (complete with its struggles and successes) of one of the most controversial characters of the late 20th century.

Because I love his actual radio show, but found his old TV show, lacking dimensions of Howard that do not involve sex workers, I appreciated director Betty Thomas's approach to telling the Howard story. Rather than exclusively focusing on lesbians and pornography, Thomas also reveals the conflicting nature of Howard Stern, complete with an overbearing, critical father, an off-kilter mother and Howard's disturbingly normal and loving relationship with his wife.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By S. Sarhan on December 28, 2005
Format: DVD
Howard Stern is the world's most famous radio DJ. He's obnoxious, sleazy, perverted, silly, and overrated. However, his 1997 semi-biographical film Private Parts, adapted from the book with the same title, is outrageously funny.

The movie gives us a closer look at Howard's college years, his beginnings on live radio, and rise to fame. But the movie focuses more on his romantic life with his wife-to-be Allison, played by Mary McCormack, his hysterical confrontations with WNBC's executive, the one Howard calls Pig Vomit, played by the even more hysterical Paul Giamatti, and his collaboration with long time partners Robin Quivers and Fred Norris, played by themselves.

I personally do not approve of or like Howard's show, but this movie cracked me up laughing when I first saw it, and still does today.


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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By andy8047 on May 25, 2004
Format: DVD
In this film starring and based on the book by radio personality Howard Stern,he,as himself,narrates from beginning to end about his childhood through 1985. Robin Quivers,as herself,met Howard in 1981 when he joined DC 101 in Washington,D.C. as a talk show host and she was a newswoman. Mary McCormack is Alison Berns Stern who Howard met while he studied for his communications degree at Boston University. Paul Giamatti is Kenny "Pig Vomit" Rushton,the program director at New York City's now-defunct WNBC 660 AM. Howard is returning home to his family and supermodel Carol Alt sat next to Howard on the aircraft in which they traveled. As themselves are Howard's other team members,Fred Norris,who Howard met in Hartford,Connecticut in '79,Gary Dell'Abate,the producer and Jackie "Jokeman" Martling,the head writer. Alison Janney is Dee Dee,the DC 101 programming director. Norris and Quivers,since Howard first met them,have stuck with Stern everywhere he went to this very day. Stern met Dell'Abate and Martling at WNBC in '84(Stern came to the station 2 years earlier). If you're a Howard Stern fan,this film is for you. WNBC was bought out by WFAN,a sports station,in 1988. Stern and his team were fired from WNBC in September 1985 and two months later,they went to the newly christened K-Rock,where they still are today. Howard and Alison have been divorced since 1999 after 21 years of marriage. The couple have had three daughters. Betty Thomas,who starred on NBC's Hill Street Blues,directed this film. She also directed "The Brady Bunch Movie". Giamatti also appeared in "Donnie Brasco","The Cable Guy" and "Big Fat Liar". We all know that Stern is a comedian in his own right,delighting his audiences with gross,sexual and racial humor.
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