Shortbus

Shortbus

DVD - 2007
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An exploration into the lives of several characters living in New York City as they navigate the comic and tragic intersections between love and sex. Male and female, straight and gay, they find one another -- and eventually themselves -- when they all converge at a weekly underground salon called "Shortbus," a mad collision of art, music, politics, and carnality.

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Nursebob
Mar 18, 2017

“New York City is where everyone comes to be forgiven…” states one character in writer/director John Cameron Mitchell’s controversial opus. And no place offers absolution quite like the Shortbus nightclub, an oasis of non-conformity in the heart of Manhattan run by drag queen-cum-mother figure Justin Bond where people of all sexualities and genders come together for sex and camaraderie, their “sin” consisting of nothing more than being different. Joining a select few movies such as "9 Songs" and "Intimacy", "Shortbus" manages to incorporate explicit sex into a non-pornographic narrative and in so doing attain a sense of rapport few mainstream movies ever achieve as each character takes a turn at being naked and therefore vulnerable both literally and figuratively—even the director has a full-on cameo during a group sex scene. Alternating between tender honesty and goofy abandon (one man hums “The Star Spangled Banner” with his face buried in another’s arse) Mitchell knows full well that physical sex can heal on many different levels—look for an ingenious nod to "The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe", I’m sure C. S. Lewis never thought of that angle when he was typing away! Cathartic and playful in turn I expected to be amused, even titillated. What I wasn’t expecting were the tears in my eyes.

Froster Nov 29, 2014

Although (thankfully) with quite an attractive cast in obvious states of arousal, one can't really figure out what the hell this movie is about. Self-knowledge? Fear of commitment? The Orgone energy released by sex itself? It's a big "whatever". But (thankfully) there's quite an attractive cast in obvious states of arousal. And it is somewhat doubtful that ANY of them will ever work again.

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MeaninglessBark
Jan 14, 2013

A nicely shot, well acted exploration of sex and relationships. Shortbus is a little melodramatic magical realism depiction of contemporary culture...Well, good looking NYC residents in their late 20s.

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ClarkHarveyRoth
Jun 11, 2012

I found this film to be really tedious by the end. It was supposed to be erotic, I guess, but the themes were so belabored it started to feel like naked book club. I did have a fling with one of the cast members back in the day, though. So that was kinda cool. 3:-/

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Aug 06, 2008

pie thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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