Alice King
January 26, 2001 AT 05:00 AM EST

Cecil B. Demented

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
87 minutes
performer
Stephen Dorff, Melanie Griffith, Erik M. Barry, Larry Gilliard Jr., Adrian Grenier, Ricki Lake, Patty Hearst, Alicia Witt
director
John Waters
Producers
Artic Productions LLC, Ice Cap Productions, Polar Entertainment Productions
distributor
Artisan Entertainment
author
John Waters
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Comedy

We gave it a C

Like whacked-out Mickey Rooneys and Judy Garlands, director John Waters’ motley band of ”guerrilla” filmmakers — led by Dorff’s eponymous gonzo auteur — put on their own show, kidnapping mainstream movie star Honey Whitlock (Griffith) to do it. The film has its moments — the gang trashes a multiplex and shoots up the set of Gump Again, starring Kevin Nealon — but Hollywood dreck is an easy target, and it’s never clear what, exactly, these kids want to replace it with. They have their causes: pro-porn, anti-MPAA ratings, but in the end, the art they’re fighting for is just plain bad. C

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