With Stephen Dorff, Melanie Griffith, Alicia Witt, Adrien Grenier, Larry Gilliard Jr., Mink Stole, Ricki Lake, Patricia Hearst, Kevin Nealon
Directed by John Waters

Sure he’s making far more mainstream movies than his ‘70s heyday of perverted classics, but Waters still packs in some deliciously hilarious off the wall characters with what normal society will see as a bent world view stemming from rebellion, sexuality, individuality and uncensored self-expression. Here he ventures into his own profession and while not autobiographic, surely encapsulates a lot of the spirit in which he and his Baltimore cohorts said “fuck-it”. They went out to shoot the kind of movies they wanted, on their terms, with a freedom to depict their idea of cinema with subjects and transgressions diverting from the commercial world view guaranteeing distribution. Dorff is the revolutionary underground filmmaker Cecil B. Demented who, with his crew of misfits ready to die for their cinema, kidnap the most popular actress to star in their guerilla film project. The classic Waters-style characters litter the screen and it is evident that he hasn’t lost his edge.

4 / B
- PB

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6 - Volcanic
5 - Blistering
4 - Hot
3 - Smolder
2 - Room Temperature
1 - Fizzled
0 - Extinguished

A: Multi-Viewing Potential

B: Could Enjoy A 2nd Look

C: Once Should Suffice

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