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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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Caleb, the Stalker
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Alan Mandell ...
Tobias, the Mayor
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Jesse, the John
Ray Rivas ...
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Bitch / Shortbus House Band
Shanti Carson ...
Leah, the Beautiful Couple
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Jan Hilmer ...
Nick, the Beautiful Couple
Stephen Kent Jusick ...
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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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Voyeurism is Participation See more »

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Drama | Romance

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20 October 2006 (USA)  »

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The Sex Film Project  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$107,907 (USA) (6 October 2006)

Gross:

$1,984,378 (USA) (2 February 2007)
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1.78 : 1
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Director Cameo [John Cameron Mitchell]: Unbilled, as one of the sextras. See more »

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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

Featured in SexTV: George Pitts/Private Eye Couple/Shortbus (2006) See more »

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I Can't Give You Anything But Love
Performed by Fats Waller and Una Mae Carlisle
Written by Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields
Published by EMI April Music, Inc./Happy Aspen Music LLC (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Bluebird/Novus/RCA Victor Group
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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a road story with a difference.
16 August 2006 | by (Dublin, Ireland) – See all my reviews

There are a couple of features about this movie that will hit you. Yes there is some rather graphic sex, but to anyone after hitting adulthood it works purely to support the film, erotic would be too strong a word for it. It is to everybody's' credit that this was possible. The model of New York works great and is a real devise for the movie.

As we progress through the film we see the lives of a small group of New Yorkers grow as they develop their relationships or indeed the quest for a relationship. The medium for bringing these lives together is the "Shortbus" club. A rather carnal club which they all drawn to becomes a focus for their development. Each confronts their own particular daemons. As heavy as this sounds, it is quite a light hearted film. The closing scenes are fantastic. As you watch this film you will feel yourself being dragged in, until the end when u feel almost as if you are part of it.

A great movie, one which should become a cult classic (only because it might be a bit too "graphic" for mainstream cinemas, but certainly a classic. Any attempt to sanitize and edit it would surely destroy the film.

This movie will make you laugh, cry and sing; you will leave the movie theatre affected by this film.


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