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 stupendously enlarged breasts are currently under house arrest after several "nude and disorderly" violations. But Sylvia's world is turned upside down one day after suffering a concussion in a freak traffic accident. Sexy tow-truck driver Ray-Ray Perkins rushes to her aid, and the stricken Sylvia realizes he is no ordinary service man; he's a sexual healer who brings Sylvia's hidden cauldron of lust to the boiling point.
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NC17 (for pervasive sexual content)
Genre:
Comedy
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$1,260,219.00
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Cast

Johnny Knoxville
as Ray-Ray Perkins
Selma Blair
as Caprice Stickles
Tracey Ullman
as Sylvia Stickles
Jeffrey Auerbach
as Baby Bear
Ricki Lake
as Herself
Mink Stole
as Marge the Neuter
Douglas Roberts
as Driving Neuter Husband
Chris Isaak
as Vaughn Stickles
Mary Vivian Pearce
as Unjudgemental Ex-Sex Addict
James Ransone
as Dingy Dave
Suzanne Shepherd
as Big Ethel
Scott Morgan
as Neuter Yuppie Man
Lucy Newman-Williams
as Neuter Yuppie Woman
Nicholas E.I. Noble
as Weird Paperboy
Wes Johnson
as Fat Frank
Jean Hill
as Woman on Fire Escape
Michael Willis
as Tony the Tickler
Susan Allenback
as Betty Doggett
Jean Schertler
as Neuter Grandmother on Bus
Channing Wilroy
as Male Motorist
Richard DeAngelis
as Neuter Man With Sub-Titles
Michael Gabel
as Mr. Pay Day
Kosha Engler
as Lu Ann
Joyce Flick Wendl
as Driving Neuter Wife
Don Hewitt Sr.
as Injured Neuter Man #2
Fred Strother
as "Strange" Sex Addict
Alan J. Wendl
as Officer Alvin
Rosemary Knower
as Female Motorist
Richard Salamanca
as Fat Boy A
Don J. Hewitt
as Injured Neuter Man #2
Steve Mack
as Injured Neuter Man #1
Patsy Grady Abrams
as Neuter Old Maid
Jewel Orem
as Loose Linda
Kevin Reese
as Ronnie the Rimmer
Susan Allenbach
as Betty Doggett
Paul DeBoy
as Wendell Doggett
Jonas Grey
as Warren the Mailman
Susan Rome
as Messy Melinda
Gwendolyn Briley-Strand
as Anti 'Oral Sex' Neuter
David A. Dunham
as Mama Bear
Dave Moretti
as Papa Bear
Brilane Bowman
as Cow Patty
Kate Kiley
as Anti 'Bear' Neuter
Liam Hughes
as Coffee Sex Addict
Shirleyann Kaladjian
as Gay Woman #1
Hari Leigh
as Gay Woman #2
Grace Nalls
as Vaughn's Mother
Ty Ford
as Taxi Driver
Randall Boffman
as Neuter Businessman
John Shields
as Chesapeake Cooking Man
Britt Prentice
as Fat Boy B
Nathan Fulord
as Tire Lick Boy
Lynn McCune
as Neuter Mom #4
Jeanette Chivvas
as Fan on Airplane
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Critic Reviews for A Dirty Shame

All Critics (116) | Top Critics (35)

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
ReelViews
Top Critic

Makes sex seem the least exciting thing in the world. And that's a dirty shame, indeed.

September 30, 2004
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

... you can have an open mind and hate this movie because I good well hated this movie.

September 27, 2004
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

[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.

Full Review… | September 24, 2004
Washington Post
Top Critic

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.'

Full Review… | September 24, 2004
Toronto Star
Top Critic

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.

September 24, 2004
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

½

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
Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

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