Howard Stern. Love him or hate him, you gotta respect the guy for being painfully honest about his life and other people, for standing up to corporate radio bullshit, and for constantly keeping his radio show entertaining and popular through the years. In 1993 he finally put his story to paper and came up with his autobiography, "Private Parts", which would go on to be a huge best-seller.Private Parts The Movie, sticking fairly close to the book, tracks Howard from his childhood, to his college years, to his early radio stints, to his tenure at WNBC, and ... stops right there. The film doesn't shed any light on his firing from WNBC, his migration to K-Rock (WXRK), or much of his wars with the FCC.
From his college years on, Howard portrays himself in the film. So do his sidekicks Robin Quivers, Gary "Baba Booey" Dell'abate, Jackie "Joke Man" Martling, and Fred Norris, whose deadpan performance is always good for a laugh.
Mary McCormack plays Howard's wife, Allison, and she does a wonderful job. Paul Giamatti, who portrays Howard's WNBC boss Kenny "Pig Vomit (née Virus)" Rushton, is equally nasty and oddball.
If you're not a Howard Stern fan, this film will stand up by itself as a life story of a man determined to make a name for himself by any means necessary. The story, which was tweaked a bit from Howard's actual life, is consistently hilarious. Basically, Howard isn't the vile lecherous creature these right-wingers make him out to be. He's a family man who gets his money by just speaking his mind.And if you ARE a fan, beware... this film will leave you aching for more. And you know how picky Howard is about movie scripts.