• Cecil B. Demented (2000)

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Release Date: August 11th, 2000

DVD Release Date: January 23rd, 2001

R|1 hr 28 min

Plot Summary
An insane action-comedy about a young lunatic director and his devoted cult of cinema terrorists who kidnap a movie goddess and force her to star in their underground movie. Vowing to punish the crass sins of commercial cinema, fueled by revolutionary zeal and their self-imposed sexual frustration, Cecil B. DeMented and his guerrilla production crew invade the streets of Baltimore to shoot their no-budget epic. When Cecil says "Action," he means action! Nothing is going to stand in his way.

Cast: Melanie Griffith, Stephen Dorff, Alicia Witt, Larry Giliard Jr., Maggie Gyllenhaal, Eric Barry, Zenzele Uzoma, Erika Lynn Rupli

Director: John Waters

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Polar Entertainment Corporation, Le Studio Canal +, Artic Productions LLC, Ice Cap Production

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  • The shenanigans have been pared into 84 minutes of transgressive, potty-minded farce, that is often Waters at his most cheerful and most thematically focused.

  • Maybe Waters set out to prove Karl Marx's observation that all great events happen twice, first as tragedy and the second time as farce.

  • Appears to have been written and directed by a grade-school dropout snorting airplane glue.

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