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John Waters wrote and directed this $6.5 million satire on the Manhattan art world, a rags-to-riches comedy about 18-year-old amateur photographer Pecker (so named because he pecks at his food). Pecker (Edward Furlong) is a blue-collar kid who works in a Baltimore sandwich shop and takes snapshots of family, friends, and customers. His mom, Joyce (Mary Kay Place) runs a thrift shop where she offers fashion advice to the homeless, while sis Tina (Martha Plimpton) recruits go-go boys to dance at
Sep 25, 1998 Wide
Feb 23, 1999
Fine Line Features
Mary Kay Place
Brendan Sexton III
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There are many odd treats, like seeing former SLA hostage Patty Hearst dancing on a bar in a low-cut slip and getting a crash course in "tea-baggng."
Pecker is Hairspray with Kodak film stock, or Crybaby without the juvenile delinquency angle
I had a great time. It was like skipping school, stealing some comic books, and reading them behind an old abandoned warehouse.
If the rest of John Waters' Pecker was as funny as its first half-hour is, it might have been one of the all-time greats.
Writer and director John Waters has fashioned a sassy, irreverent movie about art, fame, culture shock, and class consciousness.
...mostly potshots, lightly diverting goofiness with a too-pat happy ending.
light-hearted comedy that could play at multiplexes and will even appear at Blockbuster alongside mainstream comedies
diluted Waters, but there's more than enough disturbing behavior and off-the-wall satire here to shock the faint-of-heart and delight those who enjoy the director's quirky sense of fun.
Toss in running gags about the pubic hair on lesbian strippers, and what could possibly be wrong? In short, the film doesn't have much of a pecker.
The slack comic pacing, uncertain camera angles and simply dead onscreen moments undermine the ebullient party Waters wants to throw.
John Waters' Pecker (conjure up the image!) is a limp effort in search of a Viagra fix. Too bad the main character's name isn't Cigar.
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