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Video Review: 'Cecil B. Demented'

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Cecil B. Demented

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
87 minutes
performer:
Stephen Dorff, Melanie Griffith, Erik M. Barry, Larry Gilliard Jr., Adrian Grenier, Ricki Lake, Patty Hearst, Alicia Witt
director:
John Waters
Producers:
Artic Productions LLC, Ice Cap Productions, Polar Entertainment Productions
distributor:
Artisan Entertainment
author:
6442
genre:
Mystery and Thriller, Comedy

We gave it a C

Like whacked-out Mickey Rooneys and Judy Garlands, director John Waters’ motley band of ”guerrilla” filmmakers — led by Dorff’s eponymous gonzo auteur — put on their own show, kidnapping mainstream movie star Honey Whitlock (Griffith) to do it. The film has its moments — the gang trashes a multiplex and shoots up the set of Gump Again, starring Kevin Nealon — but Hollywood dreck is an easy target, and it’s never clear what, exactly, these kids want to replace it with. They have their causes: pro-porn, anti-MPAA ratings, but in the end, the art they’re fighting for is just plain bad. C

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