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Total Crap: 1.89%

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Private Parts
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by Ryan Arthur

"For this movie, you gotta suspend disbelief."
4 stars


You don't really have to be a fan of Howard Stern to enjoy the movie (I've never heard him on the air). You didn't even have to read the book to understand the film (I've read the book, though).

Basically, it's Stern's life story, told through flashback as Stern is on a plane talking to a beautiful woman (Carol Alt). We see Howard as he goes off to college, meets his wife and gradually breaks through in the radio industry, becoming the shock jock that he's known as today. But that's almost on the back burner. At it's core, Private Parts is a love letter from Stern to his wife Alison.

Yes, Stern has a thing for lesbians (who doesn't?) and talks about his sex life (or occasional lack thereof) on the air, but when he gets home, he dotes on his wife, and later his children. He may be the King of All Media in public, but at home, he's just a regular guy.

Occasionally offenseive (referring to his wife's miscarriage) but often quite amusing, Stern works his way up to WNBC, where he beats Imus in the ratings and enrages his bosses, most notably Kenny Rushton (played by Paul Giamatti, in his breakout role), referred to by Howard as "Pig Vomit."

Painfully funny at times (such as when Howard drops a stack of carts onto a record player, scratching the record and causing him to squeal) and other times quite charming, Private Parts is surprisingly good.

Without a doubt, one of the funniest movies of 1997.

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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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  07-Mar-1997 (R)
  DVD: 15-Dec-1998



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