Private Parts

dir. Betty Thomas

Series - Retrospective

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Animal House mastermind Ivan Reitman produced this screen adaptation of radio personality Howard Stern's best-selling autobiography, with the "shock jock" starring as himself.
Ivan Reitman produced this screen adaptation of radio personality Howard Stern's best-selling autobiography, with the "shock jock" — the Johnny Carson of the post-Animal House era — starring as himself. Chronicling Stern's rise from nerdy Long Island teenager to the world's most famous radio star, Private Parts recreates some of the most iconic moments from Stern's show — from his assisting a female listener's masturbation to revealing his wife's miscarriage — to his high-profile, and often on-air, battles with his station overseers, most notably a NBC executive unaffectionately nicknamed "Pig Vomit" (Paul Giamatti). Co-starring a number of Stern's regular radio sidekicks — Robin Quivers, Fred Norris, Jackie Martling, Bababooey — Private Parts received a surprisingly positive critical response, given Stern's notorious reputation; Roger Ebert even called it "surprisingly sweet"(!!!), though don't let that dissuade you: there's still more than healthy helpings of fart jokes, foul language and gloriously gratuitous nudity to go round.