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Johnny Knoxville

Director's fans will find joy in having 'Shame'

Director's fans will find joy in having 'Shame'

Every once in a while, the complaints start. John Waters, his longtime fans will groan, is going mainstream. If A Dirty Shame is mainstream cinema, then heaven help the rest of the directors in the world. Because this is the kind of film only John Waters could make, a perfect distillation of Waters' off-kilter sensibilities. It's not to everyone's tastes, but then it was never meant to be. Like almost all of Waters' works, it rewards those who appreciate his world view with a celebration of the mundane as filtered through the perverse, a funhouse mirror reflection of middle-class values and mores that's equal parts tribute and lambaste. It's funny, too. And...