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Cecil B. Demented

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France, United States · 2000
Rated R · 1h 27m
Director John Waters
Starring Melanie Griffith, Stephen Dorff, Alicia Witt, Adrian Grenier
Genre Comedy, Crime, Thriller

In this insane black comedy, unhinged guerrilla filmmaker Cecil B. Demented and his loyal crew kidnap an A-List actress, Honey Whitlock, and force her to star in their no-budget action epic. Determined to punish and revolutionize the film industry, they terrorize the streets of Baltimore in the name of underground cinema.

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Christian Science Monitor by David Sterritt

The comedy is frantic and tasteless in the usual Waters mode, but it takes telling potshots at the Hollywood establishment, which isn't nearly so open about the tackiness of its products.


L.A. Weekly by Ella Taylor

Neither Waters' funniest film nor, by a long chalk, his most radical. But it is, as promised, a passing of the torch and an article of suitably perverse faith in the next generation of nutso cinéastes.


Chicago Tribune by Michael Wilmington

Weighed down by the presence of Griffith. She plays her satiric part without much gusto or conviction - as if she were afraid we might believe she really is Honey.

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