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A Dirty Shame

HD   R Closed Captioning

John Waters

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About the Movie

From the outrageous John Waters ("Serial Mom," "Hairspray"), comes another signature exercise in bad taste. Sylvia Stickles, the owner of a convenience store in a working-class Baltimore neighborhood, suffers a concussion. The injury causes a drastic change in her sexual drive, turning her into a sex addict with crazy, wild and urgent desires and compulsions, much to the joy and then frustration of her husband, who has trouble keeping up with her. As Sylvia's insatiable libido reaches fever pitch, her new oversexed personality threatens to tear apart the remnants of what wasn't an entirety perfect family to begin with. And that's A Dirty Shame. Starring Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winner Tracey Ullman (TVs "The Tracey Ullman Show," TVs "Ally McBeal"), Johnny Knoxville ("The Dukes of Hazzard," "Men in Black II"), Selma Blair ("Legally Blonde," "Hellboy"), Chris Isaak ("The Silence of the Lambs," "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me") and Mink Stole ("Lost Highway," "But I'm a Cheerleader").

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 116
  • Fresh: 62
  • Rotten: 54
  • Average Rating: 5.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: 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. – Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: More catalog than comedy, a checklist of erotically twisted dysfunctions strung together to fill 89 minutes of chirpy, stylized screen time. – Steven Winn, San Francisco Chronicle, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: A big, lascivious punch line about America's peculiar, embarrassed, hypocritical relationship with sex. – Wesley Morris, Boston Globe, Nov 24, 2011

Rotten: The obviousness and redundancy of the material take their toll on each of the actors. – Jack Mathews, New York Daily News, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Great Film

Great film but you need to buy the NC-17 version...its way better

Rated R? Are you kidding?

This is the Neuter version and it is WEAK, as in EDITED to the point of overkill, the theatrical release was NC-17 and that is the version you want to own, not this censored crap.

must be seen

Very good movie. As usual John Waters shows that extreme sex behaviours are.....normal!!! Nothing is dirty and there's no shame to be a freak!

A Dirty Shame
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2004

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