I’ve been a fan of John Waters ever since my friend Dan sent me a video copy of Desperate Living back when I was in high school. Dan was a huge John Waters fan, and after experiencing the total fucked-up-ness of Desperate Living, I had to see more.
I’m not sure what order I watched things in, but I have since seen Pink Flamingos, Polyester, Serial Mom, Pecker, Cecil B. DeMented, and, now, A Dirty Shame. I guess you could say that ever since the totally grotesque and unbelievable chicken-fucking of Desperate Living, I’ve been addicted.
So as for A Dirty Shame, I’m not going to do a full-fledged Jason-type review. All I can say is that it is great and that, depending on who you are, I recommend it. This film is definitely “John Waters-esque.” For sure more so than his recent movies like Cecil B. DeMented and Pecker. Very disgusting and sexual. And, in a way, somewhat political. I’m not sure how, but Waters totally confronts the anti-sex movement (is there one, though??), but I’m not sure how.
I want to say that A Dirty Shame exposes hypocrisy or something, but I’m not sure it does. If nothing else, it strongly emphasizes the fact that everyone is a sexual creature and that no fetish (i.e. humping strangers’ legs, vomiting on your partner, rubbing food on your “private parts,” getting off on licking dirt, etc.) is too abnormal or strange and that everyone has a little kinkiness in them.
This is, obviously, a very pro-sex movie, but more than that, it’s a pro-sex movie! I mean, more than sex as something to turn people on and get you off, but sex as in a way to get in touch with your inner-self and explore life and all of that. Although there is nudity and “disgusting stuff” in the film, I actually think it’s pretty tame and that its message is pretty simple: Sex is good.
I wish I could say that Waltersâ€™s is pushing all sorts of boundaries, but I’m not sure he is. I think I’ve read this in other reviews, but in an age of cinema where sex is as common as condoms, it’s hard to be really artistic and edgy. Sure, A Dirty Shame is way more out-there sexually than Pecker and Cecil B. Demented, but it’s still sorta cute in its message. And not too shocking. Nothing violent, nothing too extreme — just good, ol’ fashioned kinky sex!