Cecil B. Demented (2000)



Critic Consensus: The idea behind John Waters' latest has much potential, but the movie ends up being too sloppy and underdeveloped in terms of script and direction. Also, by today's standards, it fails to shock.

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Cecil B. DeMented goes behind the scenes with a group of obsessed cinema terrorists whose goal in life is to avenge the crass sins of commercial movie culture through acts of brazen filmmaking and vigilante outlaw cinema retribution. As the movie begins, the title character and his "Sprocket Holes" gang kidnap Honey Whitlock, a beloved Hollywood movie star visiting Baltimore for the premiere of her latest blockbuster. Once Whitlock is their prisoner, DeMented and his horny, tattooed crew … More

Rating: R (for strong crude sexual content, violence, language and drug use)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: John Waters
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 23, 2001
Artisan Entertainment - Official Site


as Cecil B. Demented

as Honey Whitlock

as Cherish

as Chardonnay

as Mrs. Mallory

as Fidget's Mother

as Fidget's Mom

as Himself

as Fidget

as Herself

as Honey's Ex-husband

as Roy Stillings

as Ticket Seller

as Mayor Adam Fenwick

as William, boy in whe...

as Newscaster

as Box Office Lady

as Ticket taker

as Candy counter girl

as Theatre manager

as Charles Theater girl

as Film commissioner

as Studio Executive

as Family woman

as Family woman

as Family woman

as Family lady

as Family lady

as Film delivery driver

as Fidget's dad

as Security teamster

as Director

as Director of photogra...

as Assistant director

as Shop steward

as Teamster C

as Teamster

as Teamster

as Teamster

as Groupie

as Moviegoer

as Drive-in manager

as Evil Jock

as The Psychiatrist

as Cecil's mother

as Cecil's dad

as SWAT cop

as SWAT cop

as Petie's trick

as Raven's groupie

as Mayor's Bodyguard

as Gaffer "Gumped Again...

as Photographer

as Movie Premiere Atten...

as Teamster

as Shucks Oysters

as Movie theatre patron

as Heavy Metal Fan #4

as Movie Premiere Atten...

as Heavy Metal Fan #1

as Movie theater patron

as Swat Team Member

as Waiter in Kitchen

as Heavy Metal Fan #2

as Heavy Metal Fan #3

as Teamster

as Reporter
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Critic Reviews for Cecil B. Demented

All Critics (104) | Top Critics (30)

Where once Waters was brilliantly polluted, now he comes off diluted.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
Top Critic

A losing battle.

January 1, 2000
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

The problem with John Waters making a movie about the sorry state of commercial cinema is that his output is only a little more useful than what he's satirizing.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Ends up a sloppy exercise in irritating audiences instead of the sharp satire the story line promises.

January 1, 2000
Associated Press
Top Critic

Not even the reassuring familiarity of the Waters stock company (including Mink Stole, Ricki Lake and, pointedly in this case, Patty Hearst) is enough to fully redeem this effort.

January 1, 2000
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Barely coherent mishmash.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Village Voice
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Cecil B. Demented


At first, it seems like John Waters wants to make an audacious hate letter to mainstream cinema with some nice moments of brilliance, but then you realize his "revolutionaries" are a bunch of freaking tards and the film gets too over-the-top and all over the place to have a point.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

Full Of GRACE!

Robert C

Super Reviewer


De-ment-ed For-ev-er!!! I have no clue why people think this is not as good as Waters' other work. So vastly under-rated, waaaay better than Sunset Boulevard or Day of the Locust when it comes to a movie about movies.

_kelly .King

Super Reviewer

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