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Deal of the Day: "M*A*S*H: The Complete Series + Movie" on DD
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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.Read more ›
It's two movies, really: the first is about the Sterns' marriage. I said above that Alison supported Stern; she also endured him. It's one thing to get over a near-affair with a B-actress; it's something else getting over listening to your husband cracking jokes on-air about your very recent miscarriage. The movie portrays Alison (Mary McCormack) as a saint and Howard (played by -- who else? -- himself) as a bumbling fellow who makes mistakes but always means well. It's not terribly convincing, but Stern obviously wanted to keep the movie comedic, so the fights depicted are short and temporary, like sudden small dark clouds sweeping over the horizon of a triumphant career and life. The movie goes about this business in a surprisingly conventional way, given the man it's about.
The other movie is about his early career as a shock-jock, and this part is much more interesting. His career starts in the Seventies at college radio and smaller markets, and we are reminded of just how desperately unfunny and uncool disc jockeys were Back in the Day.Read more ›
viewers today of America's Got Talent, for example, will love this (even with the four letter words and bathroom humour). they might not understand what his Sirius / past Channel 9 in New York) show is all about but this is a very good deal for new fans.
great esp. for "old" fans! see Baba Booey and "Stuttering " John (in just one scene but is he outrageously funny, no "stutter" needed).
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Whether a Stern fan or not this a great movie. Each actor gives a top notch performancePublished 10 days ago by Aaron Lucas
I had never seen this until 2 weeks ago. I was pleasantly surprised to find out so much about such a notorious person. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Mandie Lee
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