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A group of New Yorkers caught up in their romantic-sexual milieu converge at an underground salon infamous for its blend of art, music, politics, and carnality.


  • Paul Dawson
  • Lindsay Beamish
  • PJ DeBoy
  • Raphael Barker
  • Jay Brannan

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The film lacks the depth and discipline of Mitchell's first film venture, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which makes Shortbus a real disappointment.

Metacritic review by Kirk Honeycutt
Kirk Honeycutt
The Hollywood Reporter

Unquestionably the most sexually graphic American narrative feature ever made outside the realm of the porn industry, John Cameron Mitchell's ambitious attempt to merge his characters' active sexual lives with more conventional emotional content is playfully and provocatively entertaining for roughly the first half, but loses staying power thereafter when investment in the uncompelling characters' problems is requested.

Metacritic review by Todd McCarthy
Todd McCarthy