A Dirty Shame

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New Line Cinema Released 2004

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A Dirty Shame

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Director:
John Waters
Released:
2004
Rating:
NC-17
A Dirty Shame is a 2004 film from John Waters that is completely lacking in the shame department. Uptight, prudish, and sexually repressed, Sylvia Stickles (Tracey Ullman) lives a severely restricted life until a head injury turns her world upside down. Raised by a conventional mother (Suzanne Shepherd), Sylvia was a sexless housewife who restricted her over-endowed daughter, Caprice (Selma Blair) to her bedroom on charges of moral indecency. But after the accident, she becomes the epitome of sexual experimentation. The chance blow gives her the liberty to explore uncharted reaches of fantasy and fetishism, and she quickly becomes immersed in a sexualized subculture of Baltimore. There, she meets the charismatic leader, Ray (Johnny Knoxville), and becomes his twelfth disciple in sex and every imaginable perversion and fetish related to the act. Graphic, gratuitous, and liberating, this film brings all of the dirty and none of the shame to sexual curiosity and fulfillment.

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  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    This raucously gritty and high-spirited film could scarcely be bluer in terms of the language, but from Waters it comes as a gust of fresh air.

  • 60

    Variety David Rooney

    Frequently hilarious but ultimately is a protracted one-joke affair that strays into undisciplined chaos.

  • 40

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    I object to A Dirty Shame not because it is offensive - to do so would be another way of congratulating Mr. Waters for his bogus daring - but because it is boring. Beyond offering ...

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