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Awesome: 35.85%
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Total Crap: 1.89%

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Private Parts
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by Chris Parry

"If you want Howard to burn in hell, see this movie."
4 stars

Let's get this right out of the way early on. I'm a Stern fan. I don't think he's the funniest man ever, but he has a good mix of morons, geeks, nymphos and whores on his radio show, which for mine is what entertainment is all about.

I've also read his books. Private Parts was immensely funny, if a bit of a jack-off. Miss America was God-awful. A capitalisation on a burst of popularity.

So when Private Parts came to the big screen, amidst a shower of hype and publicity, and with a middle-aged female director in charge of the world's most famous pervert, I was prepared for it to suck royally.

Well it didn't. At least it didn't suck royally. It wasn't the laugh-riot that the book was and it wasn't gut-wrenchingly dramatic, but it didn't suck.

The story goes... Howard's a geek in college, he hooks up with a glamor, marries her, chases his dream of becoming a DJ, makes it by being edgy, then has to fight the naysayers and fanatics to stay in business, freedom of speech to all, yay team.

And the story is told well. It doesn't centre too much on humor, drama or romance, but it has a good mix of the three. It portrays Stern not as an evil man, but rather a man about a decade ahead of his time. An innovator, rather than an imitator, even if he does rely on shock value.

The problem I see with this movie is that it stops halfway. Howard's career has gone a lot further and taken a lot more twists than was outlined in the film. Indeed, the book the film was based on covers the latter day stuff, but the film falls way short. This might have been an attempt to leave something for a sequel or it might have just been a case of covering a short story well, instead of covering a whole story badly.

So the questions to ask yourself are these.

Will I laugh? Yes, you shall laugh.

Will I cry? No, you shall not.

Will I be subjected to endless topless lesbians? Not nearly enough.

Is it worth renting? Absolutely, even if you're not a Howard fan. It might just give you an insight into why he does what he does. Or it might just keep you busy for a few hours. Either way, worth a look.

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User Comments

8/02/10 Total Crap HOWARD IS GOD!! Anything he's in is GOLD! 5 stars
3/22/09 Dane Youssef More than just a TV movie-of-the-week on the big screen. We laugh, cheer, gasp... and care. 5 stars
1/28/07 David Pollastrini Not a big Stern fan but I liked this 5 stars
1/20/05 Jeff Anderson HOWARD STERN'S GREATEST, FUNNIEST ACCOMPLISHMENT! Paul Giamatti is a scream as PIG VOMIT!!! 5 stars
1/24/03 Paul Coleman Absolutely hysterical!! Well written and directed! Highly recommended!! 4 stars
11/04/02 danno i thought there were plenty of lesbians 5 stars
9/17/02 Zefram Mann A radio Rocky story. Lot's of good acting all around. 4 stars
10/13/01 British Bulldog Howard Stern is superb and the film rarely has a dull moment. Very funny. 5 stars
9/16/01 Bri Wisconsin fan love Howie!! Jenna is hot! 5 stars
3/28/01 Jesse L Only if you are an avid howard fan. Not enough Jackie and Fred...Robin is a bitch.. 1 stars
2/25/01 *~Danielle*Ophelia~* (formerly KyLe*BrOfLoVsKi) Funny as hell and doesn't insult your intelligence (as Ringmaster does) 5 stars
9/01/00 Bender Uneven, but entertaining. 4 stars
4/23/00 Louis HILARIOUS 5 stars
4/08/00 Chuck Reip The girl was fucking hot but I wish Howard would have dropped his pants too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
5/13/99 sterns' shtick is getting OLD...stern fans are (generally)imbeciles.the movie was lame. 2 stars
5/03/99 The Bomb 69 The Bomb, should have gone further in his career 5 stars
4/20/99 Tim This film is awesome. I loved the cameo by Jenna Jameson. This movie is hilarious 5 stars
2/24/99 Scott F - Timmy 5 stars
2/20/99 Piz Not the funniest movie of 97, but Stern fans will love it, honest and sharp. 4 stars
1/15/99 DRMJSP HOWARD IS GOD 5 stars
1/15/99 Freaky Deaky made howard seem like a nice family man (*cough* bullshit*cough).F-THAT BRING IN THE LESBOS 3 stars
11/25/98 Fred Turn the treble all the way down.... This movie got me listening to Stern. 5 stars
10/31/98 Silent Rob Incredibly well done retelling of 'Howard's Inferno'. 4 stars
9/06/98 Bob A. Booey great movie 5 stars
9/05/98 Jeff Fucking Awesome 5 stars
8/29/98 Mister Whoopee A really enjoyable film, if sometimes self-indulgent. 4 stars
8/17/98 Johny A good movie anyway you slice it 5 stars
8/17/98 J-Guy (The MFC) love stern, love the flick. bought my tickets at 7am the day of release. 5 stars
8/16/98 {{{OZ}}} Whether a fan of Stern or not, this is a fine film. 4 stars
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  DVD: 15-Dec-1998



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