Release Date: November 24th, 2006 (Cinema Village)
DVD Release Date: December 12th, 2006 (Netflix only) by Red Envelope Entertainment.
Directed by Jeff Garlin.
BASIC PREMISE: A documentary about writer/director John Waters who performs a stand-up comedy routine at the Harry De Jur Playhouse in downtown Manhattan.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: This Filthy World lives up to its title thanks to John Waters who dauntlessly gives his comedy act with all the expected crudeness, lewdness and rudeness. Performing in front of a responsive, energetic college crowd, he delves into what he knows best about: movies, drugs and porn—he calls a porn collection a “whack stack.” When it comes to movies, he talks about his experiences as a movie buff who frequented “interactive” horror films such as The Tingler which included buzzers in selected seats when it played at his local theater. He made sure to get there early to check every seat so that he gets buzzed—just imagine what kind of interaction he would have included in a showing of A Dirty Shame, if he could have. Of course, he wishes that every film were a porno because that’s what art is supposed to be, he claims. His routine gets quite outrageous when he comes up with ideas for movies such as Womb Raiders, about women who think they’re pregnant and, at the last minute of their “labor”, they go to malls and rip open a pregnant woman’s baby from its womb—it’s hilarious how he incorporates that premise into a lesson about stopping teenage pregnancy. He occasionally picks easy targets to laugh at, such as Michael Jackson and his obsession with young boys. But his high point is when he laughs at himself, particularly as he recalls his own films ranging from
SPIRITUAL VALUE: None is required or desired.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: None, as long as you check your brain at the door.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 1
IN A NUTSHELL: Expectedly and consistently crude, rude, lewd, but mostly entertaining for avid fan of John Waters.
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: DVD
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