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Movie review: Family values and goodness mingle with John Waters' trademark crude humor in 'Pecker.'
Movie review: Family values and goodness mingle with John Waters' trademark crude humor in 'Pecker.'

The title character of "Pecker," John Waters' 13th film, is a teen-age sandwich-maker in Hampden who is nicknamed Pecker because as a child he pecked at his food. But just as the film's title flashes on screen, Waters assures us that his dirty mind is still working, when he flashes a shot of Baltimore's Washington monument, photographed at an angle that renders the father of our country an unwitting spokesman for Viagra. Welcome to the world of John Waters, who at 52 remains in giggly thrall to the naughty appeal of sex, vice and all-around rude behavior. But as much as his comic sensibility seems ambered in arrested adolescence, Waters is also eager to reconcile...

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