From the wondrously fertile mind of writer/director John Waters, 'A Dirty Shame' tells what happens when a horny horde of 'sex addicts' invades a blue-collar neighbourhood, to the shock and dismay of the neighbours. Sylvia Stickles (Tracey Ullman), grumpy, repressed and middle-aged, doesn't like sex. Her handsome husband Vaughan (Chris Isaak) still has marital urges, but Sylvia couldn't be less interested. She is in complete contrast to her exhibitionist daughter, Caprice (Selma Blair), a go-go dancer with stupendously enlarged breasts! Everything changes when Sylvia is involved in a freak accident and receives a head injury. Sexy tow-truck driver Ray-Ray Perkins (Johnny Knoxville) rushes to her aid and Sylvia realises he's no ordinary service man; no, he's a sexual healer who knows how to bring out her flaming cauldron of hidden lust. A prude no longer, Sylvia suddenly views the world through hypersexual eyes. She seeks out Ray-Ray at his garage, and discovers that she is not alone. Other head injuries have brought forth a flock of sex addicts who have infiltrated every corner of the community. Sylvia and Vaughan's marriage is jump-started by a new sex act that elevates the community into a whole new dawn of sexual awakening.
Not John Waters best film.
- A Dirty Shame review by CP Customer
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.
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Sex addicts rule the world!
- A Dirty Shame review by TE
All good, dirty fun. Full of the usual John Waters energy and sexual anarchy.
It's a bit too much like a comedy sketch stretched out into a full length movie, but there is enough outrageous invention to sustain interest.
As often in Waters' films there is a battle between the liberated on the one hand and the uptight on the other, with the liberated winning a joyous, orgasmic victory.