All reviews all the time! Home   Movies   Music   Video Games
4 DVDs 49 cents each!  |  Rent Dvds- Free Trial  |  Buy Movie Posters  

 Search Amazon
  
  Browse Movies 

 Browse by Genre 

 Other

All-Reviews.com Movie/Video Review
Private Parts

movie reviewmovie reviewvideo review out of 4

All-Reviews.com Movie Review: Private Parts

Starring: Howard Stern, Robin Quivers
Director: Betty Thomas
Rated: R
RunTime: 90 Minutes
Release Date: March 1997
Genre: Comedy


*Also starring: Mary McCormack, Paul Giamatti, Fred Norris, Gary Dell'abate



Review by Brian Koller
2½ stars out of 4

There is much to like and dislike about Howard Stern. Radio's #1 bad-boy, he is a shock jock who tests the taboos of society. Of course he can be a real jerk, but underneath it all, he's just an average guy and a wonderful family man. Or so he repeatedly tells us, as he plays footsie with naked bimbos while on the air. It's just a joke, get it?

Perhaps Stern has the greatest job in America, getting paid zillions of dollars to express his outrageous opinions on the air, which includes the hiring of hit men to kill people that he dislikes. But it takes talent to ad lib with such flair, and it has to be admitted: Howard Stern is funny, much, much more so than Jerry Springer could ever hope to be, and that is a very redeeming quality.

"Private Parts" tells the Stern saga, rising from clumsy, nerdy college DJ to NBC's flagship radio station in New York. Along the way he marries blonde goddess Mary McCormack, whom he nearly loses due to his radio prattle about his marital intimacies, and his on-air flirtations with bimbo guests and call-ins.

Although (both thankfully and surprisingly) the First Amendment is never mentioned, Stern fights the good fight against censorship, battling a dislikable program manager (Paul Giamatti, dubbed "Pig Vomit" by Stern) for the all-important right to say 'cock' on the air. Wisely, director Betty Thomas softens Stern's persona, downplaying the occasional hatred and emphasizing Stern's role as a family man.

Also appearing in "Private Parts", and also playing themselves, are Stern's radio show cohorts Robin Quivers, Fred Norris, and Jackie Martling. Quivers is especially good.

That "Private Parts" is a modestly good film is not a surprise, given Stern's talent for dialogue. While the film could not have been much better, given his limitations, it could have been much worse, as most comedies are. "Private Parts" is well structured and avoids repetition, and is more than willing to place Stern in embarassing situations. The film never drags and a good laugh is always around the corner.

Copyright 1997 Brian Koller

More reviews:    Main  2   3   4   5  
Featured DVD/Video
Monsters, Inc.
buy dvd
($17.99)

buy video
($15.99)

read the reviews

In Affiliation with AllPosters.com
Buy movie posters!


Home | Movies | Music | Video Games | Songs
Amazon.com | AllPosters.com | Half.com | Columbia House | Netflix

Copyright 1998-2002 All-Reviews.com
Privacy Policy |  Advertising Info |  Contact Us