Private Parts

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +3

Content: -3

Radio shock jock Howard Stern plays himself in this autobiographical film based on his book of the same name. Interspersed with quick interviews with his family and co-workers, the film follows Stern from his beginnings as the son of a radio engineer to radio superstar. The film also includes a few fantasy scenes of Stern's thoughts. Focusing on his various radio jobs as he moved up the media ladder, Stern tries to show another side of his life. Loyal to his fellow workers, like partner Robin Quivers (playing herself), he takes them up the ladder with him. He's also seen as faithful and supportive to his wife Alison (Mary McCormack). As outrageous and outspoken as his radio show, this self-promotional film will attract both fans and the curious.

Like his radio show, the film is filled with crude sexual references. Stern talks about his self-gratification, fantasies and body parts. In his childhood, he simulates a sex act with puppets. No sex is shown but implied with Alison, before and after marriage. A scene with breast nudity has a woman stimulated by sitting on a radio speaker. Stern's first appearance is a promotional act featuring flatulence and exposing his bare buttocks. Male rear nudity is seen in a school gym scene. Bare female breasts appear frequently and full female nudity once when a woman strips in the radio studio. Technically faithful to Alison, Stern is tempted in a scene showing two men in a bathtub with a naked woman. Howard is supportive when his wife miscarries, but his humor about it is crude. Stern pretends to be a homosexual character and interviews a lesbian about her sex life. Without the restraints of the FCC, the language is frequently crude, obscene and profane, including 40 f- and s-words. Trying to explain that he's misunderstood, Stern tries to show both his public and private sides, this disgusting, exploitative movie scrapes the bottom of the barrel.

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
Paramount Pictures, 15 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10023

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (25) times - Mild 6, Moderate 19

Obscene Language: Many (51) times - f-word 34, s-word 6, other 11

Profanity: Many (25) times - Regular (G-d 9, J 1, G 3), Exclamatory 12

Violence: Few times - Moderate (fake blood spurts, man hit with Frisbee, pushing, man hit with phone gets bloody nose, man hit with statuette)

Sex: Implied twice (couple in bed)

Nudity: Many times (breast, female and male rear, female full frontal once); near nudity many times (women in bikinis, women in bras)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times (woman's breasts enlarge in fantasy, boy simulates sex with puppets, references to self-gratification, sensual kissing, woman puts hand on man's leg, man's arousal noticeable, two men in bathtub with woman, references to sexual acts, woman stimulated by radio vibration, woman swallows sausage in sensual manner, naked woman rubs man's chest, man's hand on woman's clothed breast)

Drugs: Marijuana and cigarette smoking, alcohol

Other: Flatulence, vomiting sounds, urination sounds, "Voice of God" doing weather report, prayer to Jesus to send killer to program director, jokes about miscarriage

Running Time: Unknown
Intended Audience: Howard Stern fans

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