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Shortbus (2006)

Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 20 October 2006 (USA)
A group of New Yorkers caught up in their romantic-sexual milieu converge at an underground salon infamous for its blend of art, music, politics, and carnality.
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Rob
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Stephen Kent Jusick ...
Creamy
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Storyline

Numerous New York City dwellers come to the exclusive club Shortbus to work out problems in their sexual relationships. Rob and Sophia are a happily married couple, except for the fact that she has never experienced sexual climax. This irony follows her to work because she is a couples counselor who frequently has to deal with the sexual issues other couples have. Two of her patients are Jamie and James, a gay couple who have been monogamous for five years and counting. James wants to bring other men in to the relationship, and his own history with depression may hint at an ulterior motive. Ceth (pronounced Seth) may be the perfect addition to their family, but Caleb, a voyeur from across the street, may have his own ideas about that. Sophia visits Severin, a dominatrix with secrets of her own to reveal. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Romance

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Unrated | See all certifications »

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20 October 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Sex Film Project  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$107,907, 8 October 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,985,292, 8 February 2007

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,108,568, 15 April 2007
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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

In Sofia's office, the large framed characters on the wall behind her spell 'Help Me' in Chinese. See more »

Goofs

When James and Jamie are talking about Ceth and about their relationship, the dancer in the back goes from topless in one shot, to with a top in the next. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jesse, the John: Are you a top or a bottom?
Severin: I beg your pardon?
Jesse, the John: I mean in real life.
Severin: This is real life.
Jesse, the John: Let me put it this way: do you think we should get out of Iraq?
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Crazy Credits

The orgy participants seen throughout Club Shortbus are credited as 'Sextras' at the end of the film. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Gifted and Challenged: The Making of 'Shortbus' (2007) See more »

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Surgery (Remix)
Written & Performed by Scott Matthew
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Life and love in the New York City universe of the ultra-cool
26 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

Brilliant directing and writing by John Cameron Mitchell (he gave us "Hedwig"), and great acting from everyone, especially Justin Bond, Lindsay Beamish, Paul Dawson and PJ Deboy. Great musical numbers too! You'll laugh and cry, and come away wanting to see it again immediately. Much has been made of a few rather intimate and well-lit sex scenes, but if anyone over 16 can't handle them, he or she shouldn't be out at night.

It's all ultimately wondrous, and one of the great revelations of the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, where the audiences tend to be snotty and conspicuously unimpressed--but the screening of this movie was followed by parades and parties in the streets, with people carrying the stars on their shoulders, like they used to do with Verdi on opening nights in Milan. Lynne Cheney, sly pornographer that she is, will be eating her heart out that someone has gotten at last to the real g-spot of the cosmos, and it wasn't she what did it.

Love may be grim at times, kind of like Kansas, but Mitchell turns it into technicolor. Just like magic.


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