STARRING Edward FURLONG, Christina RICCI, Lili TAYLOR, Martha PLIMPTON, Mary Kay PLACE, Brendan SEXTON III
DIRECTED BY John WATERS
Who else but bad-taste tastemaker Waters would come up with such a deliciously cheeky prank? Picture this: You saunter up to the ticket window at your local multiplex and say ”I’d like to see John Waters’ Pecker, please.” Now that we’ve spared you that embarrassment, we can tell you that Waters’ satire of the New York art world follows an amateur Baltimore photographer (Furlong) as he becomes a gallery sensation; the title refers to Furlong’s habit of pecking at his food. Shot for a measly $6.5 million, Pecker‘s hardly what Waters would call guerrilla filmmaking: ”Guerrilla filmmaking was Pink Flamingos,” the director says of his 1973 cult hit. ”It’s funny, I think even if I discovered a cure for cancer, Pink Flamingos would still be ahead of it in my obituary.” (Sept. 25)
THE LOWDOWN It’ll be interesting to see if the man who once giddily defined bad taste can keep pace in the age of the Farrelly brothers.