Pecker (1998)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: September 25, 1998
DVD Release Date: February 23, 1999
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Critic Score: 52% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Cole Smithey

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."

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Lacks an edge.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Writer and director John Waters has fashioned a sassy, irreverent movie about art, fame, culture shock, and class consciousness.

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Bill Gibron
DVD Verdict

Pecker is Hairspray with Kodak film stock, or Crybaby without the juvenile delinquency angle

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

I had a great time. It was like skipping school, stealing some comic books, and reading them behind an old abandoned warehouse.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...mostly potshots, lightly diverting goofiness with a too-pat happy ending.

Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

A transparent, laugh-free parable about Waters' own rise to fame.

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Jeremy Heilman

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.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

light-hearted comedy that could play at multiplexes and will even appear at Blockbuster alongside mainstream comedies

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
Mark Walker
It's hard to describe director John Waters and his idiosyncratic style but if I had to try, I'd compare him to David Lynch on amphetamine's.… More
Wahida K
He never realized how far 35 millimeters would take him.
Lucas Martins
John Waters could made Pecker a better film that is. But still been a fun entertaining.
Lafe Fredbjornson
Edward Furlong takes interesting photos all over town, but then he is made famous, and it ruins his charming life. A funny movie with the message about the… More
Thomas Johnston
A John Waters tongue in cheek story of finding happiness at home. Campy and fun.
Leigh Ryan
I liked it.