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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.

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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:
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  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: December 15, 1998
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (545 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305222908
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,197 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Private Parts" on IMDb

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By Michael H. Tidemann on February 27, 2016
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Okay. I confess. I played this film in one of my college media classes. AND THE STUDENTS LOVED IT. Stern tells a real story about a real DJ and how he rose to fame. And, and by the way, I will DEFINITELY continue to show it to my media classes.
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When Howard Stern was at the peak of his popularity and notoriety back in '97, Ivan Reitman (producing) and director Betty Thomas decided to give Stern's biography a cinematic go ... though it should be said at once that this was Stern's project all the way. Script approval was his, and, perhaps disappointingly for some of his fans, he insisted on making a movie that was a love-letter to his wife Alison, who supported him in his early career. The love-letter to the marriage proved to be something of a final thank-you, however: the couple divorced a few years after the movie was released. Well, at least he thanked her.

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.
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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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I never thought I would give Howard Stern more than one star for anything he did. But he changed me in this movie. It's actually a pretty good biographical piece about how he got to where he is today (or at least when the movie was made). His acting was pretty solid. He's surrounded with a decent cast. It's an ok movie! I was really surprised. I didn't think I'd be watching more than 5 minutes of it. But it's well written, well directed, and interesting. Worth a try!
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If you love Howard Stern you'll love this movie. Nothing beats the end after a min or 2 of credits when pig vomit paul giamatti comes back on the scene for a final fair well. Hilarious!

I love that Stern plays himself along with Robin and Fred. The movie is funny from start to finish.
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I think it was a very nice to know about how HS got his start and who he is because his radio/tv persona is very different from who he really is. That said, he seems like a very down-to-earth, nice person- but I was never a huge fan of his radio persona (so 4 stars). However, I do laugh when I have listened to or watched the show! Maybe that makes me a secret fan. My husband thinks he is just hilarious.
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A nice movie that is probably a soft R-rating. It shows more the human side of Howard Stern rather than the raspier side of his radio persona. Mary McCormack was incredibly good as Alison, Howard's first wife. The guy who played Howard nailed it (Howard played himself).

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I watched this once as a kid. I watched it, again, and this is really poorly done. I am a fan of the Stern Show, but solely for the interviews and an occasional skit. It you love Howard and borderline worship the man, you have likely already watched this and love it. If you believe that Howard, himself, really isn't clever or funny, then this isn't for you.
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