Any review of "Private Parts" is useless. Either you are a fan
of Howard Stern and are looking forward to the movie, or you are not a fan
and gave your press pass to a member of your church (but that is another
story). If you don't have a radio, or just don't know about the outspoken
Stern, here's the deal. His is the number-one-rated nationally syndicated
radio show in the US. He wrote a bio and now that it is a movie starring
him. He considers himself the "King of All Media". Even the director,
Betty Thomas, says "I'll be very honest, I have not been what one would
call a wild Howard Stern fan. I listened to his show because my boyfriend
liked him so much." I don't know who Betty's dating but Stern appeals
to the adolescent in all of us, but particularly men.
I like Betty's work on "The Brady Bunch Movie" and on Cable TV's
"Dream On". She has a an eye for irony, as does Stern. The real
coup is that Ivan Reitman is the producer. Remember when Arnold Schwarzenegger
made the leap from action movies to comedy in "Twins"? Arnold
got Reitman and a new career. Reitman gave us "National Lampoon's
Animal House" too, which should have been good preparation for Stern.
If anyone can make "Private Parts" work, it is Reitman and Thomas.
But am I willing to go see it? No. That is the joy of not working for
a major newspaper. No one can expose me to Howard Stern's "Private
Parts". Rate R (Duh.) Paramount Pictures.