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6.41 h 26 min1998R
When an amateur photographer from a working class neighborhood is discovered by a New York art dealer, his whole life changes. The teen becomes an overnight sensation and his subjects.
John Waters
Edward FurlongChristina RicciMartha Plimpton
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Brendan SextonLauren HulseyMary Kay PlaceLili TaylorMark JoyBess ArmstrongPatricia Hearst
John FiedlerMark Tarlov
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4.7 out of 5 stars

529 global ratings

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Sarah PeshaReviewed in the United States on January 14, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Weird/fun movie for any film study lover, John Waters fan, photography lover, &/or just for fun!
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Each of the many characters in this movie is so interesting, & putting them all together you get a John Waters Baltimore fun-fest. I was a fan of this movie as a teen (was introduced to me by my art-school brother) & I purchased this movie to share with my own teen daughter who enjoys film-study & all things quirky. Weird/fun “must-see” for any film study lover, John Waters fan, photography lover, &/or just for fun! The characters stick with you forever. I’ll frequently reference & fondly recall sugar addict “Little Chrissy”, thrift shop Mom “Joyce” whose mission in life is to spread fashion to homeless people for under a dollar, & “Full of Grace” Mary & “Memama” with her pit-beef stand, “Shelley” the Laundromat-obsessed girlfriend & of course the optimistic photographer Pecker, along with the rest of his family & Baltimore cast! So fun!
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ShpidoinkleReviewed in the United States on May 10, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
John Waters' Pecker
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What can I say? It's John Waters' Pecker. It's delightful. I can't say I have enjoyed many things more than John Waters' Pecker. John Waters' Pecker is an utter delight. I could talk for days about John Waters' Pecker.
All kidding aside, it's pretty dang funny. It's way more tame than earlier Waters films. More in line with "Cry Baby" or "Cecil B. Demented". So, don't expect a "Rosary Job" from "Lobstora". In all honesty, it is probably my favorite of his movies. There is a genuine mix of raunchiness and innocents that is actually convicing to me even though it is over the top... well it's flippin' john Waters
Whatcha gonna do?
It's one of my Favorites.
"Full Of Grace!!!" - Me Maw Maw
Johnny RockerReviewed in the United States on May 22, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
The Kit Needs More Kitsch!
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What can one say about John Water's that will make anyone else really like or hate him? He's an acquired taste that redefines 'Sweet & Sour'. And all the movies in this collection exemplify that. No doubt enough has been said about the individual movies here and elsewhere. And if one isn't familiar with any or all of them, I would urge to read up on them before purchasing this set. As for the set, I kinda wished New Line could've packaged it a bit nicer. To me, Waters has established himself to be amongst the greats like Kubrick, Scorcese, Truffuat, etc. And the packaging seems to demean John's humble beginnings and daring brilliance. A nice inclusion is the 'Scrapbook'. For die hard Waters fans like myself will get a kick out of the timeline of John's growth and rise to success. Along with home movie, audio, and interview snippets. And yes, the Polyester movie does have the infamous 'Smell-O-Rama' card with it as well. For Waters fans, this is a good must. For collectors of DVD's and connoisseurs of unique and prized collections, New Line is a little lacking on this one.
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MatthewReviewed in the United States on January 31, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of my favorites
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I know that some John Waters fans who long for the days of Divine and David Lochary don't care as much for movies like this one. Believe me, I love Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble, Desperate Living, Polyester, etc. (and wish that things like Multiple Maniacs could be released on DVD, too!). But I think that Pecker stays true to Waters' style of writing and directing, as well as his sense of humor. The story is amusing, the jokes are often in bad taste (which, is how they're supposed to be), and the acting is intentionally mediocre (at least intentional in most cases, I think). I like that the story takes the Baltimore protagonists to New York, where they fail to fit in and can't wait to get back to Baltimore. The Mariolatry humor is silly, but it never fails to make me laugh. I think if someone wants to be super critical of this film and over-compare it to Waters' earlier work, they should get over it. I think this film shows that Waters was still as funny, relevant, and smart in the late 90s as he was in the 70s. I think this stands as an excellent "intro to Waters" film for those who are interested in his not-so-family-friendly work (that is, movies that are not "Hairspray" or "Cry Baby").
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leslie eckhardtReviewed in the United States on October 26, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Lots Of Fun If You Are A John Waters Fan
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Like all John Waters films, these are a matter of taste. These newer ones, Pecker and Cecil B. DeMented, are a bit toned down from the outrageous early films like Pink Flamingos and Female Trouble, but are a lot of fun nonetheless, and will not be as offensive to sensitive viewers as the early ones. Pecker (named as this because as a child, this character "pecked" at his food!) becomes a photographer of renown in Baltimore (the setting of all Waters films). The acting and production values are higher than in the early films, and there are still a great may hilarious scenes as well as cameoes by several of John Water's early "dreamlander" stars, the most prominent being Mink Stole.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on May 18, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Product defective, but refund was fast
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The product shipped fast, but the inside of the VHS was covered in mold. I reported it to the seller and they responded within 24 hours to approve the refund. No return required. I appreciate the fast resolution, but I wish they had performed a quality inspection prior to shipping.
eclectic readerReviewed in the United States on August 8, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Favorite John Waters film
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To me this is the funniest and sunniest of John Waters's films. It's all about tolerance and the pretentious of fame. Pecker loves his Baltimore neighborhood, his family, and friends and that is ultimately more important to him than fame from New York's pretentious critics. Great, quotable lines too. I guess I don't understand people who think it is weak Waters work. We love it.
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abizzellReviewed in the United States on July 25, 2012
2.0 out of 5 stars
What's the opposite of a good movie? This one!
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This movie tries too hard to deliver a funny, quirky movie. In the end, it's neither. I found the characters to be boring and one-dimensional.

I hated the way Christina Ricci's character was always crying and complaining about everything. I hated that once Pecker became "famous", everyone from his original town started to hate him and his photography.

In short, I guess you could say I hated this movie just because of all the whining and crying by every single character in the movie.
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