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John Waters wrote and directed this $6.5 million satire on the Manhattan art world, a rags-to-riches comedy about 18-year-old amateur photographer Pecker (so named because he pecks at his food). Pecker (Edward Furlong) is a blue-collar kid who works in a Baltimore sandwich shop and takes snapshots of family, friends, and customers. His mom, Joyce (Mary Kay Place) runs a thrift shop where she offers fashion advice to the homeless, while sis Tina (Martha Plimpton) recruits go-go boys to dance at the local Fudge Palace. Pecker's younger sister, Little Chrissy (Lauren Hulsey), has a sugar… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 52%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There are many odd treats, like seeing former SLA hostage Patty Hearst dancing on a bar in a low-cut slip and getting a crash course in "tea-baggng.""
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Lacks an edge."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Writer and director John Waters has fashioned a sassy, irreverent movie about art, fame, culture shock, and class consciousness."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"diluted Waters, but there's more than enough disturbing behavior and off-the-wall satire here to shock the faint-of-heart and delight those who enjoy the director's quirky sense of fun."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"John Waters' Pecker (conjure up the image!) is a limp effort in search of a Viagra fix. Too bad the main character's name isn't Cigar."
‑ Elias Savada, Nitrate Online
"Pecker is Hairspray with Kodak film stock, or Crybaby without the juvenile delinquency angle"
‑ Bill Gibron, DVD Verdict
"I had a great time. It was like skipping school, stealing some comic books, and reading them behind an old abandoned warehouse."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"...mostly potshots, lightly diverting goofiness with a too-pat happy ending."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Toss in running gags about the pubic hair on lesbian strippers, and what could possibly be wrong? In short, the film doesn't have much of a pecker."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"The movie is fast and warmly generous towards just about everyone on the screen."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"A transparent, laugh-free parable about Waters' own rise to fame."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"If the rest of John Waters' Pecker was as funny as its first half-hour is, it might have been one of the all-time greats."
‑ Jeremy Heilman,
"light-hearted comedy that could play at multiplexes and will even appear at Blockbuster alongside mainstream comedies"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"The slack comic pacing, uncertain camera angles and simply dead onscreen moments undermine the ebullient party Waters wants to throw."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
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