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Synopsis

Lust is in the air on Harford Road and Sylvia Stickles, a grumpy, repressed middle-aged Baltimorean, doesn't like it. Though Sylvia's handsome husband Vaughn still has marital urges, his wife could not be less interested -- she has more important things to do. Not only does Sylvia run the family's Pinewood Park and Pay convenience store, she's also responsible for watching over her exhibitionist daughter Caprice. A go-go dancer known to her adoring fans as Ursula Udders, Caprice and her stupendously enlarged breasts are currently under house arrest after several "nude and disorderly" violations. But Sylvia's world is turned upside down one day after suffering a concussion in a freak traffic accident. Sexy tow-truck driver Ray-Ray Perkins rushes to her aid, and the stricken Sylvia realizes he is no ordinary service man; he's a sexual healer who brings Sylvia's hidden cauldron of lust to the boiling point.

Cast

  • Tracey Ullman
  • Johnny Knoxville
  • Selma Blair
  • Chris Isaak
  • Suzanne Shepherd
  • Mink Stole
  • Patricia Hearst
  • Jackie Hoffman
  • Nick Noble
  • Lucy Newman-Williams

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • Paul Giamatti was originally meant to play Vaughn Stickles, but dropped out to play in Sideways (2004).
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Goofs

  • Before running out of gas, the car is turned off and in park but is still driving.

Quotes

    • Ray Ray Perkins: Ma'am, my name is Ray-Ray and I'm here to... service you.
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Metacritic

70

John Waters has returned to trashy form with what is unquestionably his most outrageous film since those heady Pink Flamingos days.

Metacritic review by Michael Rechtshaffen
Michael Rechtshaffen
The Hollywood Reporter
88

A Dirty Shame is certainly dirty, and maybe it's even a shame. But this is the John Waters we've come to know and cherish, and that alone is cause to celebrate.

Metacritic review by Chris Kaltenbach
Chris Kaltenbach
Baltimore Sun
75

A Dirty Shame is Waters unleashed, and wicked, kinky fun for anyone except the twits who rated it NC-17.

Metacritic review by Peter Travers
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone