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Pecker

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Director: John Waters
Genre: Comedy
Release Date: September 25, 1998
MPAA Rating: R
1 review about Pecker

Not quite as tired as you might think

  • Oct 4, 1999
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Pros: Fairly consistent with moments of greatness, solid performances

Cons: Pecker: tee hee hee! Pecker: tee hee hee!

The name joke is, predictably, exhausted to death. This was the main shortcoming of the film -- a great relief.

My favourite part of the film is Pecker's white trash family (a sentiment which may or may not be shared by less snotty viewers); the Baltimore surroundings and the people in them are all painfully white and entertainingly trashy. Christina Ricci -- the girlfriend -- runs a laundromat along the exact same lines as a witchy old hag in a laundromat I used in school (she gives hell to a woman for putting dye in a machine and bans her; I got banned from the laundromat {!} by the aforementioned hag). Certainly an authentic portrayal, best I can tell...

The movie suffers a bit from lack of focus. Is it just mocking the New York art world? (Oh, how _trite_.) Is it about problems with success? Is it another "New York is different" thing? I'm still not quite sure, and it's a bit too flippant a movie to really warrant serious undergrad-film-student-style analysis...

This shallow kvetching aside, it's a surprisingly clever and funny movie. Here and there are moments of comedic genius, and the acting is smooth enough for a respectable poke at big-city art pretensions. Don't rush out and rent it this second, but keep it in the back of your mind for that 'I have no idea what to rent' video-store daze.



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