Lust is in the air on Harford Road and Sylvia Stickles (Tracey Ullman), a grumpy repressed middle-aged Baltimorean, doesn't like it. Though Sylvia's handsome husband Vaughn (Chris Isaak) still has marital urges, his wife couldn't 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 (Selma Blair). Known to her fans as "Ursula Udders", Caprice's go-go dancing is complimented by an enormous pair of enlarged breasts (all of which are under house-arrest!).However, one day Sylvia is knocked down and rendered unconscious in a freak accident. Sexy tow-truck driver, Ray Ray Perkins (Johnny Knoxville), rushes to her aid , and Sylvia realises he's no ordinary trucker, but a sexual-healer who ignites something deep down...Now Sylvia's a changed woman, and her husband and the rest of the town better get used to it. What ensues is a town showdown between the liberal left and the righteous right!
Not John Waters best film.
- A Dirty Shame review by Shatner's Bassoon
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I'm a big fan of John Waters, but this really isn't up to his past efforts. 'A Dirty Shame' is basically a tale of sexual perversions brought on by head injuries in a small, suburban town. Instead on creating great characters and a fun story, Waters seems simply out to offend as many people as humanly possible. On one level 'A Dirty Shame' tries to be a commentary on the current state of sexuality in America, but for the most part it's just a tiresome parade of perverse gags that drowns out any statement it tries to make. The problem for me is that the script was too juvenile, the jokes weren't funny, it relied too heavily on shock factor, and towards the end it was really running out of steam. Overall the film is not bad, it's just that it probably plays better to an American audience than a British.