A Dirty Shame (2004)

NC-17   |    |  Comedy

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An uptight, middle-aged, repressed woman turns into a sex addict after getting hit on the head, and she then falls into an underground subculture of sex addicts in suburban Baltimore.




  • Tracey Ullman and Selma Blair in A Dirty Shame (2004)
  • Selma Blair in A Dirty Shame (2004)
  • Chris Isaak in A Dirty Shame (2004)
  • Chris Isaak and Tracey Ullman in A Dirty Shame (2004)
  • Tracey Ullman in A Dirty Shame (2004)
  • Johnny Knoxville in A Dirty Shame (2004)

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24 January 2010 | preppy-3
| "Let's...go...SEXING!"
Depressed puritanical housewife Sylvia Stickles (Tracey Ullman) with a nice but horny husband (Chris Isaak) and a HUGE breasted kid (Selma Blair) is hit on the head one day. It immediately turns her into a raving sex addict and she finds there's a whole group of people like her led by Ray Ray Perkins (Johnny Knoxville).

First off I should mention I saw the 84 minute R rated cut and not the 89 minute NC-17 one. Some of the cuts were obvious as were the voice overdubs but I don't think it changed the movie a lot. What I saw was a typically strange John Waters film with plenty of good moments but it didn't totally work. The main problem is the script is all over the place! The first half of the movie is coherent but the film totally derails during the second half. Complications come on fast and furious and it all ends up not making a lot of sense. The movie is chockful of dialogue discussing frank sexual acts and some incredibly unsubtle imagery. Some of it works but, more often than not, it just doesn't hit its mark. A cameo by David Hasselhoff particularly makes no sense and isn't funny at all. Also the pacing here is atrocious--but that's not uncommon in a Water film. Acting really helps this one. Ullman is fearless here considering some of her very sexually explicit lines and costumes. Blair deserves a lot of credit for wearing these HUGE breasts and making the character sympathetic and believable. Isaak is given little to do but he's good. Best of all is Knoxville who has a real difficult role to play--and pulls it off. So, it has its moments but not enough of them. I can only give this a 5.

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Release Date:

24 September 2004



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Filming Locations

Maryland, USA

Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,384 19 September 2004

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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