Dave White
Shortbus Review

Dave's Rating:


… crazy …

Who's in It: Sook-Yin Lee, Paul Dawson, Lindsay Beamish, P.J. DeBoy, Raphael Barker, Justin Bond, Daniela Sea

The Basics: It's about doing "it." The humpty-hump. The dirty deed. OK, it's about more than that. But the point of this crazy, and most of the time pretty funny and cool, movie is the characters and how the sex that they have mirrors their life struggles. And they all come together — literally — at a pansexual salon called Shortbus. It's like how on Friends, when they all end up on the couch at Central Perk. But naked.

What's the Deal? It's not awesome like John Cameron Mitchell's first movie, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, but it's awesome that he made it. He could have gone off and done something conventional, but he used his newfound celebrity and clout to create something wild. For that reason alone, he's to be applauded.

Why It's Pornography: Because they really do it, and you see everything you'd see if it were a run-of-the-mill porn video.

Why It's Not Pornography: Because in regular porn, even if there's a story, the sex is disconnected and clinical, like medical training films or something. In this movie, the characters are developed through the sex. And they have normal, non-porny bodies, which is probably the most radical thing of all.

Hey, Republican Congress, Time to Waste Taxpayers' Dollars and Get All Upset About … The scene in which they play "The Star-Spangled Banner." I won't spoil it for you, but it involves human anatomy. I know, big surprise. The whole movie involves human anatomy. But if I told you, then you wouldn't buy a ticket, would you?

Who You'll Recognize if You're Gay: That's Justin Bond as the emcee of the salon. He's most often seen in a dress and a wig as Kiki of the weirdo cabaret duo Kiki & Herb. And that's Daniela Sea, who plays the female-to-male transgendered character on The L Word.


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