Revisiting Private Parts

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  1. TaTa Toothy

    TaTa Toothy New Member

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    Hey guys. Long time reader. First time posting. Thanks for all the laughter. Your posts are way funnier than anything on the last 4 years of the show.

    I never thought I'd rewatch PRIVATE PARTS again, but as I was organizing my dvds I came across it and figured "What the hell? There's nothing else on TV anyway." It was interesting to view it again after all these years knowing what I know now about Stern.

    Here are some random thoughts:

    THE FILM ITSELF -- Knowing what a dick Howard now, one can no longer view this film as a biography. If you allow yourself to swallow it as fantasy comedy about a no-talent goofball who tries to break into the radio business, it's a lot more enjoyable. As a small B-movie, it is competantly directed. Lets face it, it was never a great film. A passable time-waster at best that after all was said and done, you didn't want those two hours of your life back.

    HOWARD -- He actually looked pretty good (almost handsome in some scenes). That took me by surprise. That said, as much as we like to rag on the wig he wears now, the ones he wore in the movie...Ooffa! So fake looking. They actually gave me some of the biggest laughs in the film. Also, age has not been kind to our stringbean pelican. The fake teeth, bad cosmetic work and stupid wig he wears now make Howie look hardly recognizable in comparasion to the hook-nosed Jew we used to know and love back in 1998. His acting? Yikes! In some scenes his line delivery was so bad it was cringe-worthy. Just hawwwwible! There was a reason he didn't get many film offers after PP and his "acting" had to be reason #1.

    ROBIN -- As much as I can't stand her now, I have to give her props. She not only looked thin and sexy in some scenes, but she also gave one of the better performances in the film. Her screen time was short, but when she was on-screen she was the one I focused on.

    FRED -- Looked like an old woman even then. He didn't give a bad performance, he just looked bad. Fred did shine in the scenes where he and Howard did their radio bits (like the gay partner of Howie's gay DJ). Remember when Howie and the gang used to make fun of gays? Comedy gold.

    JACKIE -- Barely onscreen to make any impression (bad or good), but he made me laugh during the Match Game bit ("Big sloppy wet Dick [hehehe]'". Jackie was always good for a laugh and it was great to see The Beatles working together again creating the magic.

    GARY -- Not part of the plot, just there to help bridge the narrative chapters in Stern's career. It worked. It is what it is.

    STUTTERING JOHN -- Poor John wasn't part of the early years, so he got a bit part during the closing credits. It was a funny throw away. No harm done.

    THE STORY: Plays loose with the facts, but most screen biographys do that. Having Howard adopt his long hair faux rock star look while in Washington DC was way off the mark. Stern was still the short haired DJ with the geeky mustash when he arrived at "W Nnnnnnn BC!". The hardest part to buy is of course him being the devoted family man (the dude used to lock himself in the basement and whack off to internet porn) and faithful husband. We all know how that turned out. The guy portrayed onscreen no longer exists (perhaps never did at all). A poor family man making a couple of hundred a week, dealing with dickhead bosses, driving brokendown cars, an bucking the system to become the idol of millions of loyal fans is a far cry from the Howard Stern of today. He's since evolved.

    The bottom line is that this movie made me very sad, which I'm certain wasn't the intent of the filmmakers.

    Have any of you guys watched it lately? Thoughts?
     
  2. MatthewT

    MatthewT Awaiting The Rapture VIP

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    good recap; the thing that stands out the most for me is that's when Howard got to play dress up and wear wigs and such. and that led to the current incarnation of Wiggie
     
  3. Pissed_on_Fan

    Pissed_on_Fan Well-Known Member

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    So you are saying that Howard might not have deserved the Oscar he was cheated out of?

    He told us he is a great actor, so one of you is lying! :dontknow:

    Haven't seen it since 1998 or so, but i enjoyed reading your observations.
     
  4. skytzoboy

    skytzoboy not a fuck to give

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    My sister gave me a VHS copy of PP 12 years ago for my birthday....I was looking through a storage bin the other day for an old picture and I found it, still in the plastic wrapper. Shit, I might be able to get 2 or 3 bucks for it on eBay! :c
     
  5. HORSETOOTHED

    HORSETOOTHED Well-Known Member

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    I really liked it when it first came out... I watched it again a few years ago and felt it wasn't as good as I remembered.
     
  6. HowieStearn

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    Good summary.
    Ive never seen it, if it's avail on torrent and I have nothing better to do maybe Ill watch it. I pretty much hate Howard for the fucking asshole he is now. I thought it was comical Howard was criticizing penniless cast members for their outside projects- on the WUS toothy said "he was trying to protect his brand". So what the hell is AGT? and whats that doing to his "brand"? gimme a fukin break. peace &love
     
  7. BethSucks

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    They've glorified it so much on the HSS that it's hard to take it for what it is, an average movie that was interesting at the time. Looking back at this "love story for his wife" we now know that he was living in the basement chatting with Jessica Hahn and Ralph while it was being made while his wife was upstaairs dealing with three young kids and that as soon as the checks for the VHS version came in they filed for a separation. You'd also never guess from listening to the show that it was only the 56th highest grossing movie of the year beaten by foreign films and independants. Probably why Howie never saw another movie role come his way.
     
  8. VAsiCkBoy

    VAsiCkBoy Well-Known Member

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    I still can't believe I went to see the 12:00am opening of that piece of shit "movie". :facepalm:
     
  9. Mark Mayonnaise

    Mark Mayonnaise You look like a tree! VIP

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    Jesus you people cry a lot
     
  10. schnauzer

    schnauzer Well-Known Member

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    Jackie was fucked over in Private Parts, as was Fred. They were integral to the success of HSS, but Howard chose to limit their screen time to the barest minimum (Jackie, in particular). The Stern show, at that time, was at the peak of it's hilarity. But the humor of the film was, in my opinion, very sanitised. Despite all that, i was delighted to watch my radio heroes on a big screen & saw it twice!
    I would certainly be interested to view the movie without the 15mins that was lopped off the end. I didn't know they did that 'til years later & i wasn't remotely surprised. I always thought it finished too abruptly. I wonder what was removed?
     
  11. Rob0729

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    Fred may have been fucked over, but not Jackie. Jackie was a huge contributor in the KROQ days, but he was not a regular on the show during the WNBC days. He was a frequent guest, but really not part of the show. Jackie's exclusion for most of Private Parts was accurate for the timeline of the movie. Howard came to WNBC in 1982 and Jackie's first appearance on the show was in 1983. He didn't become a Stern Show regular until 1986 which is several years after Private Parts ended.
     
  12. Rob0729

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    I always did it was funny how people came onto the show and ball washed Howard for his acting ablity. He was pretty wooden in his acting. For a guy who was natural in many radio sketches and sketches on Channel 9, that talent never transferred onto the big screen. His appearance on Larry Sanders was pretty bad too.

    It is quite clear that Howard never got another movie gig because he just sucks as an actor. The Scarecrow on Batman rumor was all his creation and a bunch of bullshit since Batman and Robin killed the franchise for nearly a decade. The Melanie Griffith movie was an indie film that was so desperate for funding that they were hoping Howard's involvement would create more funding. It didn't and it folded with Howard starting one in a long line of lawsuits in his career.
     
  13. jyanks

    jyanks Well-Known Member

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    That was intentional by Howard to spite Jackie.
     
  14. jokeland

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    PP was obviously meant to be Part I in a series that never warranted a second movie
     
  15. Morning Wood

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    I loved that movie for a long time, but I kid you not I threw the DVD in the trash. I remember at one point being so disgusted at Howard, I was too embarassed to have any connection to the show in my house.
     
  16. fletchman71

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    I can tell I'm an old fucker now because I feel this way with a lot of movies I liked a lot when I was younger. I still think PP is a good movie though and still has some good laughs.
     
  17. knu3421

    knu3421 Well-Known Member

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    Yes, you are welcome i am very funny u are lucky to be in able to see my posts.
     
  18. fletchman71

    fletchman71 Well-Known Member

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    But only you cry over spilled Taco Bell :tantrum:
     
  19. Howard Stork

    Howard Stork "Big Nosed and Jewish"

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    I like when people say Howie was a great actor. The dip-shit played himself. Try doing Shakespere!
     
  20. Big Bird

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    It was a good decent movie