A Dirty Shame (2004)
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America's leading titan of bad taste, John Waters, returns to X-rated territory (well, actually NC-17-rated territory, but you get the idea) for this wildly over-the-top comedy. Sylvia Stickles (Tracey Ullman) is a wife and mother living in Baltimore who, along with her husband Vaughn (Chris Isaak) and mother Big Ethel (Suzanne Shepherd), operates a local convenience store. One day, Sylvia receives a sharp blow to the head, which leaves her with a concussion. However, the concussion comes with
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The story is trite and uninteresting. And the humor is only occasionally funny, and that's largely because it's almost impossible not to be impressed by Tracey Ullman's manic energy.
Makes sex seem the least exciting thing in the world. And that's a dirty shame, indeed.
[Waters] hasn't let slick technique take over as has Hollywood, and he retains his radical sensibility and his willingness to go where others haven't.
Ray-Ray says it best: 'It's like Noah's Ark around here; there's one of every perversion. Alas, it's all been done.'
Finds Waters basking in the wildness of such fun, but the film is also a retreat from his more sophisticated causticity of late. On one hand, it's a victory; on the other, it disappoints.
Waters has made a resolutely unsexy sex comedy, but he hasn't left out the comedy.
On the one hand it depicts what the world might be like if women had the same constancy of sexual desire that men have, but on the other hand, it has the intelligence level of a teenage boy's dirty joke.
Exploring the wide divide between prudes and the world of sexual excess, there's enough bad taste on display to shock, amuse and entertain. Sizzles when hot, fizzles when not
A Dirty Shame is a fabulously funny exploration of fetishism, a look at the ever-more-insane ways people find to 'get off'.
More a return to roots than a return to form, this messy carnal-concussion comedy celebrates the libido and every form of sexual practice
A Dirty Shame is not a good movie, but it has a good message, and for that, it's well worth seeing.
Outrageous, filthy and often hysterically funny, this is John Waters' best film since Serial Mom.
John Waters takes on the decency brigade with a social comedy that's a refreshing return to his unhinged filmmaking style.
A Dirty Shame is outrageous for the sake of being outrageous, but unlike some of Waters' other films, it's neither shocking nor funny.
The filmic equivalent of a child reading aloud the Dictionary of Filth with the express intent of giving his nanny a heart attack.
Goes through the surface motions of naughtiness, [but] it all comes off rather quaint in the end.
It's a marked improvement over his misguided Cecil B. Demented (2000), but falls a bit short of Pecker (1998) as the most entertaining Waters film since 1988's Hairspray.
A genuine cri de couer in the director's long-running battle against the forces of censorship and a banal societal (and cinematic) status quo.
Waters runs through a litany of slang for various sex acts with all the enthusiasm of a teen flipping through Playboy for the first time.
What's shocking today is very different to what was shocking 20 years ago... but John Waters doesn't seem to have noticed.
The intentional overwriting and unmodulated acting, the over-the-top and under-the-skirts naughtiness, make A Dirty Shame arguably Waters's funniest movie.
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