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Private Parts

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Tale of shock jock superstar has sex, nudity, language.

Movie R 1997 109 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 1 parent review

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

The charm and the cringeworthiness of this movie derive from the same quirk: that Stern is basically a sex-obsessed 14-year-old boy who just wants a little peek under the girl's bra. This adolescent view of life is reinforced as he seems proud of his knack for exposing the contradictions in grown-up life and the hypocrisy of family-oriented institutions (like media companies, where his bosses swear like the proverbial drunken sailors but ban bad language on the air), but sometimes his mockery goes too far, or causes others pain.

The trouble is that even older teens might be fooled into believing that Stern's triumphs over his controlling bosses somehow provide proof that being vulgar is the same as fighting for freedom. Stern touts his accomplishments and downplays the pain he's caused. He loves his wife but nevertheless, wearing only his underwear, climbs into a bathtub with a naked actress just because she asked him to. He sneaks the word "c--k" onto a show by referring to a rooster's wake-up crow, and he's as pleased as he could be with that bit of cleverness. Ask teens what they think about Stern in Private Parts. Is he a renegade and an innovator? Or has he degraded public discourse, on the air and online?

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