Drama, rated R, 87 min­utes,

Pasatiempo - - CAPSULE REVIEWS - Gump Two, Ce­cil B. De­Mented Ce­cil B. De­Mented For­rest Gump

Stephen Dorff and Me­lanie Grif­fith head up this 2000 film, John Wa­ters’ satir­i­cal send-up of the tri­als of moviemak­ing. A crazed in­de­pen­dent di­rec­tor finds a unique way to get his film pro­duced: un­der the threat of vi­o­lence. Dorff is Ce­cil, who leads a cult­like, sex­u­ally frus­trated group of rene­gades, the Sprocket Holes, on a mis­sion to in­fil­trate a Bal­ti­more the­ater and kid­nap Hol­ly­wood diva Honey Whit­lock (Griffiths), an ag­ing movie star on the eve of the world pre­miere of her new movie. Ce­cil forces her to star in his own film, which he gets made guer­ril­lastyle, with as­saults on the set of a se­quel called as well as raids on the Mary­land Film Com­mis­sion, the porn in­dus­try, and un­sus­pect­ing cin­ema au­di­ences — who some­times fight back.

is al­most a re­turn to the type of trash that’s char­ac­ter­is­tic of Wa­ters’ pre-Polyester days, when he gave us over-the-top stuff like the dog-poo­peat­ing diva Divine. The jokes are taste­less, but that’s to be ex­pected — Wa­ters is the King of Trash, af­ter all, though here it feels like a well-trod path. Still, he has the power to make you squirm now and then, and

pro­vides some solid laughs. There are plenty of fa­mil­iar faces, such as Wa­ters’ reg­u­lars Mink Stole, Patty Hearst, and Ricki Lake, along with other celebri­ties in­clud­ing Eric Roberts, Mag­gie Gyl­len­haal, who was mostly un­known at the time, and Roseanne Barr. — Michael Abatemarco

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