Private Parts Reviews
"Never before has a man done so much with so little."
Having just read Howard Stern's autobiography, Private Parts, which I enjoyed a lot, I thought it a good idea to watch the film adaption. Private Parts is a hilarious and well made movie, which stays pretty true to the life story of Howard Stern. We all know who Howard Stern is. He's the "shock jock" that revolutionized talk radio. Love him or hate him, you gotta respect him. He gives no fucks and says what he wants. He talks like every single guy does when they're with their close buddies, except he does it on a large platform and he doesn't apologize for it.
The life of Howard Stern from the early years as he was getting yelled at by his father constantly through his puppeteering days through his "high " school paranoid days through his striking out days and finishes with him being the number 1 DJ in New York. We see him marry his dream girl, fly into the MTV awards as Fartman, and tussle with the arrogant heads of NBC radio. It's glorious.
Howard Stern plays himself, Robin Quivers plays herself, and Fred Norris plays himself. We also get Mary McCormack as Stern's wife Allison, and a hilarious role from Paul Giammati as Pig Vomit. There's also a lot of cameos, such as Ozzy Osbourne, Mia Farrow, and AC/DC. What's not to like?
For fans of Howard Stern, this is an absolute can't miss. For haters of Howard Stern, you may still like it. I don't really consider myself a fan or a hater. I like the man to an extent because I respect that he his anti-hypocrite and just doesn't give a fuck. He comes off to some as racist and sexist, but in reality, all he is doing is giving the people what he wants. It's a brand of humor that isn't for everybody, yet everybody will listen just to see what he says next. His genius is in just how polarizing he is, and this movie shows that to near perfection.
The self proclaimed "King of All Media" transcended radio with several late night shows, pay-per-views, various home video releases, two best selling books on the New York Times Best Seller List, and even winner of a Blockbuster Entertainment Award for "Favorite Male Newcomer" for this film as well as a nomination for a Golden Satellite Award for "Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture(Comedy). And to no surprise, a Golden Rasberry Award for "Worst New Star". Clearly all an honor for a guy who tells it like it is in ways that are often offensive making him a target for the FCC(Federal Communications Commission) which has fined owners of radio stations that carried the Howard Stern Show a total of $2.5 million for indecent programing.
This film depicts his life in radio which was inspired at the impressional age of five as he went along with his father who was a co-owner of a Manhattan, New York sound studio. There he met the likes of Wally Cox, Don Adams and Larry Storch who he saw put voices to his favorite cartoon characters.
An auspicious beginning for an individual who's career is unrivaled in the world of radio. "I decided to cut down the barriers, strip down all the ego...and be totally honest."
Let me begin by saying that although I am a fan of shock radio (I've been a regular listener of Washington DC based duo Don & Mike for over 10 years...), I rarely get a chance to hear Howard Stern. I was only vaguely familiar with his program, and the folks on it. That being said, I absolutely LOVED "Howard Stern's Private Parts". Wait... that didn't come out right... anyway...
HSPP follows Stern's career from being the misunderstood son of a radio engineer with aspirations of the big time, through his student film days at Boston University, where he meets and marries his wife Allison, to his first big radio gig at DC101. The humor comes from Stern's slow realization that pushing the envelope was the way to garner HUGE ratings. His arguments with management, and Paul Giamatti as Kenny "Pig Vomit" Rushton in specific are at once both hilarious and sad, as management tries to crush Stern's free spirit.
It's also nice to see that, yes, Howard Stern is really a nice guy, a devoted friend, and a loving father, and the image that we know as "Howard Stern" is really just an act. Although he did make some questionable decisions in his life, he always stood by those who stood by him, and for that, he should be admired.
Whether you are a fan or not, check this movie out, and see if you don't come away from the experience with a smile on your face, and a respect for the self-proclaimed "King of all Media"!
That's not all that's good about the movie. "Private Parts" is hilarious at times and all the naked women in the movie look good, especially Jenna Jameson.
If you'd like to learn more about Howard Stern, you need to see "Private Parts." It's entertaining and it might change your mind a little bit about Mr. Stern after you see it. NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2000. I don't think that fondly of the actual MOVIE, although it's good enough to watch, but of course the naked women showing off their private parts is what makes it memorable....Jenna Jameson looked better in this film than she ever has in any of her porns to me.
Pig Vomit: How can that be?
Researcher: Answer most commonly given? "I want to see what he'll say next."
Pig Vomit: Okay, fine. But what about the people who hate Stern?
Researcher: Good point. The average Stern hater listens for two and a half hours a day.
Pig Vomit: But... if they hate him, why do they listen?
Researcher: Most common answer? "I want to see what he'll say next."
This is a very enjoyable movie to watch. Its an autobiographical movie that describes Howard Stern's life from Howard's point of view.
Sure it may be skewed to Howard's side of things, but I don't care, I like Stern. Its not like I would feel better for knowing the absolute truth about Howard Stern's life.
Its also nice the Robin and Fred, from Howard's show, are also in the film playing themselves, along with Paul Giamatti who is great.
The movie has a good soundtrack reflecting the times, is paced rather nicely, and has a nice fun feel throughout.
Jackie: My answer is "cock", and I wrote it really big, so I have a "big cock!"
Howard: I'm afraid you can't say "big cock" on the air. That's a no-no.
Robin Quivers: But I just said "pussy".
Jackie: [whining] Yeah, she just said *pussy*!
Howard: Well, pussy's okay. It's the way you say it. "Big cock" coming out of your mouth is, just not good.
Jackie: Wait a minute. I can't say "big cock", but you can say "big cock coming out of your mouth?"
Howard: That's right.
Jackie: That sucks!