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"Never before has a man done so much with so little."
  • R
  • 1997
  • 1 hr 49 min
  • 6.9  (38,710)
  • 67

Private Parts is a 1997 biographical comedy-drama directed by Betty Thomas and based on radio host Howard Stern's autobiography of the same name. The film stars Howard Stern as himself, a controversial and often explicit radio personality, as well as Mary McCormack and Robin Quivers. The film begins with a young Howard Stern in high school, where he struggles to fit in with his peers due to his strange sense of humor and general awkwardness. Despite this, he becomes involved in the school radio station and finds that he has a talent for broadcasting. As he grows older, he becomes more and more interested in radio, taking on various jobs in the field and eventually landing his own show.

However, Stern's show is unlike anything that has been heard on the airwaves before. It is full of profanity, sexual humor, and sometimes offensive content. Though it becomes wildly popular, it also draws the ire of many listeners, advertisers, and even the FCC. The film explores both the ups and downs of Stern's career, as well as his personal life, including his relationship with his wife Alison (played by McCormack) and his co-host Robin Quivers.

Throughout the film, Stern is portrayed as a complex and often difficult figure. He can be charming and funny one minute, and then suddenly turn angry and defensive. He is fiercely dedicated to his work, but also struggles with anxiety and self-doubt. At times, he even seems to regret some of the things he has said on air. Ultimately, however, the film portrays Stern as a man who is unapologetic about who he is and what he does, even in the face of intense criticism.

One of the strengths of Private Parts is its willingness to delve into the more emotional aspects of Stern's life. In addition to his struggles with his radio career, the film also focuses on his difficult relationship with his father, as well as his deep love for his wife and daughters. There are many poignant moments throughout the film, particularly in scenes between Stern and McCormack, that add depth and nuance to the story.

Of course, the film is also undeniably entertaining. Whether or not you are a fan of Howard Stern, it is impossible to deny that his story is a compelling one. His rise to fame, his battles with censorship, and his unapologetic, often outrageous personality make for a fascinating film. In addition, the supporting cast is excellent, particularly Quivers, who provides a calm, grounded counterpoint to Stern's wild antics.

Overall, Private Parts is a surprisingly nuanced and engaging film. It mixes humor, drama, and even a bit of romance to great effect, creating a portrait of a man who is often misunderstood but ultimately loves what he does. Whether or not you are a fan of Howard Stern's brand of humor, this film is well worth watching.

Private Parts is a 1997 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 49 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.9 and a MetaScore of 67.

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