By Evan Saathoff Feb. John Waters was doing that shit in Once the dam broke on onscreen kissing, it remained broken. Same with people acting like they were having sex, regardless of how graphic. But when it comes to real people putting real weiners into real parts of their bodies in movies, the taboo appears to be quite resilient, able to reset itself for each new generation. Gross as that is, I was ready for it when I first saw the film.
I knew that was coming. This blowjob scene was a real shocker. Not just for what I was seeing, but that such a thing existed in and all people wanted to talk about was the dog poop.
Even the chicken scene strikes me as more extreme. To put it another way, you can see guys eat poo on Jackass. As far as I can recall, none of those movies have a part where they blow each other. For whatever reason, whether dramatic or exploitive, some films want to shock you. No film has shocked me like Pink Flamingos and I suspect none ever will again. Even today the film still feels dangerous and exciting for just how far over the line of decency it travels.
We should be long past that now, capable of watching people really have sex in narrative films casually, maybe even for the fun of it. That's part of why I love Short Bus so much. Never again would he push things so far.
Or the chicken scene. Or the singing buttonhole scene. Or, yes, the dog poop scene. So the next time a pal wants to go on and on about some crazy sex they saw in a movie, show them this.