Private Parts (1997)



Critic Consensus: A surprisingly endearing biopic about the controversial shock-jock Howard Stern that is equally funny and raunchy.

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Radio talk-show host Howard Stern is a cultural phenomenon of the '90s. Loved and hated by fans across the country, he gleefully exceeds the boundaries of good taste on his New York-based radio show. This film is based on Stern's autobiography and presents a somewhat sanitized version of the notorious "shock-jock."
R (adult situations/language, nudity, sex)
Comedy , Drama
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Paramount Pictures

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Howard Stern
as Himself
Robin Quivers
as Herself
Mary McCormack
as Alison Stern
Fred Norris
as Himself
Carol Alt
as Gloria
Richard Portnow
as Ben Stern
Kelly Bishop
as Ray Stern
Paul Hecht
as Ross Buckingham
Michael Murphy
as Roger Erlick
Reni Santoni
as Vin Vallesecca
Melanie Good
as Brittany
Bobby Boriello
as Howard Stern, Aged 7
Michael Maccarone
as Howard Stern, Aged 12
Matthew Friedman
as Howard Stern, Aged 16
Bobby Borriello
as Seven-Year-Old Howard
Richard B. Shull
as Symphony Sid
Lee Wilkof
as Manager Marvin Mamoulian
Julie Gawkowski
as Patricia Fonfara
Irene DeCook
as Leather Weather Lady
Theresa Lynn
as Orgasm Woman
as Themselves
Amber Smith
as Julie
Luke Reilly
as Don Imus
Althea Cassidy
as Kielbasa Queen
John Michael Bolger
as Music Awards Technician
Steven Gilborn
as Howard's Agent
Curtis L. McClarin
as Airline Representative
Evan Roberts
as Elliot
Ali Marsh
as Blind Co-ed
Allison Janney
as Dee Dee
Scott Cohen
as Friend
Richard Russell Ramos
as Film Professor
Gordon Joseph Weiss
as Unshaven DJ
Michael C. Gwynne
as Duke of Rock
Derwin Jordan
as Rubberbound Man
Stuart Rudin
as Trembling Patient
Richard Ziman
as Salesman
Adam LeFevre
as Sales Manager
Janine Lindemulder
as Camp Director's Wife
Scott Lawrence
as News Guy
Kim Chan
as Waiter
Nick Wyman
as Douglas Kiker
Stephen Pearlman
as Man Looking for Apartment
Catherine Wolf
as Woman Looking for Apartment
Tom Tammi
as Corporate Executive
Rick Levi
as Lawyer
Leslie Bibb
as NBC Tour Guide
Joanne Camp
as Reenie
Peter Maloney
as Researcher
Sarah Zinsser
as Kenny's Secretary
Barry Papick
as Engineer
Christine Toy
as NBC Switchboard Operator
Alison Stern
as NBC Switchboard Operator
Susan May Pratt
as Stewardess
Sasha Martin
as Howard's Daughter
Sarah Hyland
as Howard's Daughter
Larry Grey
as Doctor Larry
John Stamos
as Himself
Ted Nugent
as Himself
Ozzy Osbourne
as Himself
John Popper
as Himself
as Himself
Tiny Tim
as Himself
John Melendez
as Himself
Nicole Bass
as Herself
Camille Grammer
as Bikini Girl in Westchester
Danna Bradley
as Transvestite
Seth Silver
as Transvestite
Carrie Flaska
as Wife in Car
Steve Ballot
as Husband
Aimee Luzier
as Betty Jean Rushton
Angus Young
as AC/DC
Phil Rudd
as AC/DC
Mia Farrow
as Herself
Chris Barron
as Himself
Flavor Flav
as Himself
M.C. Hammer
as Himself
Dee Snider
as Himself
Renee Suran
as Herself
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All Critics (49) | Top Critics (14)

A choppy amalgram of Revenge of the Nerds, Father Knows Best and Network.

Full Review… | November 6, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

People who wouldn't be able to distinguish Howard Stern from G. Gordon Liddy will be entertained by something like an off-colour -- and quite funny -- version of Coal Miner's Daughter.

Full Review… | March 19, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

A comic firecracker with a surprising human touch.

May 11, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

[A] sure-fire hit comedy.

December 31, 1999
New York Times
Top Critic

Surprisingly entertaining but grossly dishonest.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

A flat piece of work with long, slack stretches.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Private Parts

Pig Vomit: You're the anti-Christ. You know that, Stern?  You are the mother-fucking anti-Christ! "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.

Melvin White
Melvin White

Super Reviewer


A comical and autobiographical account of the real life of Howard Stern, this film is both gross and sentimental. Strangely compelling and enjoyable to watch almost throughout, Stern is very truthful in his depiction, as himself, portraying himself and narrating the entire film. The premise of the film came from Stern's acclaimed book of the same name and is just as juvenile and yet fresh as his early days in radio. Stern is impressive in the film, as well as much of his cast, who also went through the actual events of the film. His infidelity, workaholic status, his wife's resilience in the face of his outspokenness, and his love for his family are all compounded into an actually watchable film. I don't generally agree with the views and some of the humor Stern exhibits, not because of its crudeness but its inability to make me laugh. Stern still uses his usual brand of humor in this film, but because he was up against censorship and the network's forbearance it was almost inspiring to watch bare chested women bounce onscreen. More importantly, there wasn't any glossing over of what Stern is, and the differentiation of himself and his persona in the public light. What struck me as unsatisfying and hollow was the fight against the station and his own struggles with his wife. Stern paints himself as the rebel against tyranny while being anticlimactic and clumsy. Yes, there's a brief power struggle but then he gets higher ratings and everything evidently works out. I didn't laugh except during brief parts which usually have nothing to do with crass humor and all to do with the romanticism of his life and his self-deprecation. Our favorite shock jock shows himself in a whole new light, and though today Stern is divorced and remarried, his love for his wife is one that is rarely seen in such a tender way.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


Private Parts is a film based on the life of Howard Stern. The basis for this film was his autobiography, Provate Parts, which I preferred to this film. But the film manages to be a good comedy about Stern's rise in the radio industry. As a person who studied in radio, I of course enjoyed this film, and in many ways inspired my decision to study radio. Howard Stern and his crew plays themselves and do it well. The cast alongside Stern are good and very entertaining too. Private Parts like Sterns radio show is a lot of fun, with many humourous bits but at times uneven. The film succeeds at being funny but Stern's book was better. Fans of Howard Stern will most likely enjoy this film as it is fairly well done. Private Parts is a good comedy and considering that Stern plays himself, its a big plus. Paul Giamatti plays a young executive at WNBC and tries to control Howard Stern, but Stern becomes more and more popular. As the film unfolds, we get to see Sterns brand of shock radio reach popularity. The film is very funny and also interesting because it shows how Stern became one of the biggest names in radio and pioneered a new form of radio: Shock Radio. People hate Howard Stern, but those who hate and love him can't deny the influence he's had on radio. This film shows that, and is a very entertaining film too. As a radio broadcasting graduate, I thoroughly recommend this film.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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