A Dirty Shame (2004)



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Lust is in the air on Harford Road and Sylvia Stickles, a grumpy, repressed middle-aged Baltimorean, doesn't like it. Though Sylvia's handsome husband Vaughn still has marital urges, his wife could not be less interested -- she has more important things to do. Not only does Sylvia run the family's Pinewood Park and Pay convenience store, she's also responsible for watching over her exhibitionist daughter Caprice. A go-go dancer known to her adoring fans as Ursula Udders, Caprice and her … More

Rating: NC-17 (for pervasive sexual content)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: John Waters
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 14, 2005
Box Office: $1.3M
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as Sylvia Stickles

as Ray-Ray Perkins

as Vaughn Stickles

as Caprice Stickles

as Marge the Neuter

as Weird Paperboy

as Neuter Yuppie Woman

as Betty Doggett

as Neuter Yuppie Man

as Fat Frank

as Dingy Dave

as Mama Bear

as Officer Alvin

as Papa Bear

as Warren the Mailman

as Herself

as Betty Doggett

as Wendell Doggett

as Mr. Pay Day

as Male Motorist

as Female Motorist

as Loose Linda

as Unjudgemental Ex-Sex...

as Ronnie the Rimmer

as Messy Melinda

as Tony the Tickler

as Coffee Sex Addict

as Gay Woman #2

as Neuter Man With Sub-...

as Anti 'Oral Sex' Neut...

as Anti 'Bear' Neuter

as Vaughn's Mother

as Taxi Driver

as Neuter Businessman

as Neuter Old Maid

as Driving Neuter Husba...

as Driving Neuter Wife

as Neuter Grandmother o...

as Cow Patty

as Dr. Arlington

as Chesapeake Cooking M...

as "Strange" Sex Addict

as Woman on Fire Escape

as Fat Boy B

as Tire Lick Boy

as Neuter Mom #4

as Injured Neuter Man #...

as Injured Neuter Man #...

as Fan on Airplane

as Injured Neuter Man #...
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Critic Reviews for A Dirty Shame

All Critics (126) | Top Critics (38)

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.

Full Review… | October 6, 2004
Top Critic

Waters has made a resolutely unsexy sex comedy, but he hasn't left out the comedy.

Full Review… | July 30, 2007

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.

Full Review… | July 20, 2006
Movie City News

No shame here.

Full Review… | November 18, 2005
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

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

Full Review… | August 30, 2005
Urban Cinefile

A Dirty Shame is a fabulously funny exploration of fetishism, a look at the ever-more-insane ways people find to 'get off'.

Full Review… | August 22, 2005
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Audience Reviews for A Dirty Shame

Mediocre comedy with a few laughs strewn throughout, A Dirty Shame directed by Pink Flamingos director John Waters should have been much better considering its premise. Unfortunately, the film has a weak script that just doesn't deliver what it should have. I really wanted to enjoy the film, but most of the gags fell flat, and Waters can't seem to construct something memorable here. I will say this, this is far better than the awful mess Pink Flamingos, and he has managed to make something with a bit of humour, but overall due to its script, and lack of effective ideas, the movie as a whole suffers. The cast could have been better as well, and there is no one that stands out. This film should have been much better than what it turned out, and it's a shame because it could have been something really amusing. Aside from a few laughs, the film lacks something to make an effective comedy. I really wanted to enjoy the film, and I can see that this was a film that had plenty of great ideas that was halted due to a lacking script. If the script would have been significantly tighter, with better gags, I think A Dirty Shame would have a very good film. Instead we get a mediocre comedy with mild laughs and so-so acting. The cast is varied enough, but there is just no spark to really make this film take off. A Dirty Shame is a film that has plenty of potential, but ultimately just disappoints the viewer that wants something more out of their viewing experience.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer


Waters try to make this film a extremely funny and dirty. The thing is: he transform A Dirty Shame in a very silly movie. However, still commit some laughs.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

A Dirty Shame is the perfect title for this movie. Its got all the random, demented, kitschy and riotous humor that most John Waters movies have. I won't lie when I say I was laughing uncontrollably and obnoxiously for the first 45 minutes of this movie. Unfortunately A Dirty Shame turns into a pile of pointless nonsense that was always there with this movie, but my tolerance kicked in and kind of expected a little more making the movie... a dirty shame. This definitely wasn't my first rodeo as far as John Waters was concerned but I guess I just wanted a little more plotwise. Don't get me wrong, this movie was hysterical and well worth the NC-17-rated watch for the hokey pokey scene alone. It just fell apart at the end.

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

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