A Dirty Shame

B (out of 5) Tracey Ullman is a frigid, angry housewife who cannot satisfy the needs of her wholesome husband (Chris Isaak) and is ashamed of her mega-breasted exotic dancer daughter (Selma Blair). After suffering a hit to the head, however, her libido is awakened and she is inducted into a pro-sex cult by a snake-tongued … More A Dirty Shame

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Serial Mom

BBBB (out of 5) Taking on America’s obsession with the ‘American dream’, John Waters makes one of his funniest comedies. Beverly Sutphin (Kathleen Turner in top form) is a June Cleaver-like housewife who bakes cookies, recycles diligently and makes her kids’ breakfasts every morning. Everything about her is completely normal…except that she’s also a serial killer. … More Serial Mom

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Hairspray (1988)

BBB.5 (out of 5) John Waters’ most popular film is also one of his most thoughtful and entertaining.  Ricki Lake is awkwardly adorable as a music-obsessed teenager whose stout physicality and highly teased hair make her something of an oddball among her teen friends in 1960s Baltimore. Her mother (300 pound cross-dressing Divine) and father (Jerry … More Hairspray (1988)

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Cecil B. Demented

BB (out of 5) Pompous and tiring film by John Waters that attempts to glorify the independent film scene at the expense of mainstream Hollywood cinema. While some of Waters’ jokes are pretty funny (“Children Of Paradise The English Version!” one billboard proclaims), most of them tend to be too clever for their own good … More Cecil B. Demented

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Hairspray (2007)

BBBB (out of 5) A teenager in the 1960s decides to fight racial segregation and is met with serious threats to her future; sounds like an update of Mississippi Burning until you add big hair, rocking tunes and John Travolta in a dress. Newcomer Nikki Blonsky plays the youngster in question, Tracy, in this wonderful … More Hairspray (2007)

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Working Girl

BBBBB (out of 5) One of the most polished and satisfying comedies of the eighties is this marvelous Cinderella romance starring a fantastic Melanie Griffith.  She plays a hardworking Wall Street clerk who wants badly to move up in the world of finance but can’t get above the glass ceiling imposed by her gender, class and … More Working Girl

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I Am Divine

BBBB (out of 5) Stylish, heartfelt and witty documentary about the now legendary performer who first burst out in John Waters’ underground cult classics.  A shy teenager who loved food and fashion, Divine (born Harris Glenn Milstead) became the caustic drag performer whose years-long friendship with Waters resulted in his starring in the majority of the quirkmaster’s … More I Am Divine

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