Pecker

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Released 1999

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Director:
John Waters
Released:
1999
Rating:
R
Pecker is 1998 comedy written and directed by John Waters. Pecker (Edward Furlong) is a young man who works in a Baltimore sandwich shop while exploring an interest in photography. Pecker's life suddenly takes a dramatic turn when one of his photographs is noticed and bought by famous New York City art mogul, Rorey Wheeler (Lili Taylor). Wheeler invites Pecker, his girlfriend, Shelley (Christina Ricci), his best friend, Matt (Brendan Sexton III) and Pecker's parents to a New York gallery opening. Pecker and his entourage travel to New York where Pecker quickly becomes an international sensation. However, Pecker's new found popularity does not sit well with those back in Baltimore. They are angry and embarrassed because much of Pecker's work are candid shots of Baltimore's citizenry caught in frequently less than flattering situations. As his fame increases, Pecker quickly becomes alienated from his friends, family and community. He is forced to make some difficult choices, and in the end he shows everyone the true art of photography.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Think of writer-director Waters as the Frank Capra of an alternate universe and this film as his genially twisted version of "It's a Wonderful Life," and you'll begin to understand.

  • 80

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    Finding hilarity in John Waters's latest movie title is the basic pre requisite for enjoying the goofy ingenuity of his new film.

  • 60

    Variety Emanuel Levy

    A pleasant but ephemeral spoof that may disappoint Waters' hard-core fans while not recruiting many new devotees.

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    Comedy, Drama

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    90s, Independent, Satire, Classics