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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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Tobias, the Mayor
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Jesse, the John
Ray Rivas ...
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Bitch / Shortbus House Band
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Leah, the Beautiful Couple
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Nick, the Beautiful Couple
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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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Open Your Mind. And Everything Else. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$1,984,378 (USA) (2 February 2007)
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The character James in the movie is based on Jonathan Caouette, the director of, and whose life is the inspiration for, the movie Tarnation (2003). 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 »

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

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

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Little Bird
Written & Performed by Scott Matthew
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Dreadful and Pretentious
13 June 2007 | by See all my reviews

A group of gay men in New York deal with angst by getting it on in various couplings. Meanwhile, the therapist of two of the gay men tries to have her first orgasm. Perhaps if all this was played out as a comedy, it would have been a hoot. But writer and director Mitchell lends a very heavy hand to the proceedings, making it an unbelievably tedious experience. The dialog is extremely pretentious. The script wanders aimlessly, making the film seem like three hours long. The characters are all self-obsessed. The acting is horrible. Mitchell's singular focus seems to be naked men having sex with each other, which may be great for gay viewers but for everybody else it's tough going.


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