Homework (1982) is a coming of age film meant to be a bitter sweet story with the ring of truth about a group of High School students discovering themselves. The main character is dating a girl whose only interest is making the swimming team. Unfortunately, she is not very good. Her mother was played by Joan Collins, and the punch line of the film was her seduction of her daughters boyfriend. He is obsessed by the fact that he hasn't had sex yet. He and a friend start a garage band, and get a young black girl to sing lead. Her military father is right square in her face, as he wants her only singing in the church choir. Another girl in the group loses her virginity to a rock star, and ends up with the clap.

There are lots of flashbacks, including Collins flashing back to her teen years in the 50s, and fantasies by the male lead, Michael Morgan. Producer Max Rosenberg felt, and still feels like he wrote a good picture, but that is not how things worked out. Director Jim Beshears was incompetent, as was most of the crew, especially the DP. Joan Collins added to the problems by refusing to do the nudity that she had agreed to when she accepted the $25,000.00 to do the film. Finally, the distribution company put the last nails in the coffin. Rosenberg made the film with his own money ($700K), yet the production studio, despite appearing on 2,800 screens before they went bankrupt (with another 4,000 bookings) managed to lose $12M on prints and advertising, including $3M of Rosenberg's money. One of their big mistakes was to graft Joan Collins face onto someone else's body in a poster, causing her to sue.

Joy Michael, as the young Joan Collins, and also as her double, shows breasts, as does Michelle Bauer with two other women in a fantasy sequence, and Barbara Peckinpaugh in another fantasy sequence. Several other women also show breasts. IMDb readers have this at 2.6. I agree with Rosenberg. The script was fine, and the cast was excellent, but the crew butchered it. This is a D.

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  • Barbara Peckinpaugh (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15)
  • Joy Michael (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11)
  • Michelle Bauer (1, 2, 3)
  • Unknowns (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25)

  • Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)

    Dirty Filthy Love (2004):

    This was a nice treat for me. Pretty good movie. New. Never seen the caps before. Nice nudity. Beautiful woman.

    Just about everything you need in life ...

    ... except a more sensible title.

    The current title makes it sound like a 70s drive-in flick when it is actually a sensitive and intelligent film about a man with Tourette Syndrome and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (He always thinks his hands are dirty and filthy, and he always talks dirty and filthy as well! The perfect combo.)

    Mark is his name, and he is attempting to survive in the world after he loses his job and his wife. Given the nature of his OCD, Mark then focuses his obsessions on his estranged wife, stalking her constantly. His best friend sees the increasingly erratic behavior, but feels helpless and scared when he sees an occasional mind-boggling glimpse into Mark's troubled thought process.

    At first, Mark doesn’t really know what’s wrong with him, only that his habits are not shared by the world. For example, he's terrified of sitting down too quickly, is compelled to take the stairs in a bizarre sequence, and tends to wash his hands until they bleed. With the additional strain of his divorce and unemployment, he is also starting to twitch uncontrollably, yelp like a dog, and swear out loud with alarming frequency. He is fortunate enough to be noticed by Charlotte, a woman who is dealing fairly successfully with her own OCD, and who runs a self-help group for her fellow sufferers. She recognizes the nature of Mark's mental state, integrates him into the group, and allows Mark to see that he is not alone in the world, because the group of colorful characters provides mutual psychological support to its members away from an outside world where their obsessions are ridiculed.

    In dealing with these themes, it would be easy to be maudlin, or satirical, or condescending, but the script does none of that, or at least not much, simply because one of the co-authors suffers from OCD and was able to use his own experiences to ground the film in objective reality. In fact, if the film had stuck to OCD, I might declare it brilliant, but the author didn't choose to stick to the single problem that he knew well, instead opting to layer in Tourette as well. The character was just given too much psychological weight to bear in this story. His additional Tourette problem meant that he was wandering through genteel public places barking, twitching, and shouting "cunt". The other OCD sufferers in the film were able to appear more or less normal for long periods of time, despite their eccentricities, but Mark ended up behaving like one of those crazy street corner Jeremiahs who inhabit most large cities. If Mark had been more like the others in his group sessions, the script could not only have dealt less melodramatically with the individual character, but could also have allowed the author to stick closely to his own experiences and thus develop a more empathetic audience identification with the problems of OCD sufferers in general.

    In general, I found this to be a good movie with a brilliant lead performance from Michael Sheen, but the character's combination of problems meant that every stranger treated him like a lunatic, and that tended to change his story from pathos to bathos. The script would have done more by doing less.

    • Anastasia Griffith (1, 2, 3, 4)



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    'Caps and comments by Hankster:

    Today we feature Rosanna Arquette in "Voodoo Dawn".

    We see Rosanna in her underwear, a see thru skirt, topless in the bathtub and restrained in handcuffs while being felt up, plus some pokies.

    Crimson Ghost
    NOTE: We currently have to do all of our movie files in zip format. Instead of viewing them online, save the zip files to your hard drive in the directory of your choice, un-zip and play from there.

    Today from the Ghost, a nice collection of zipped .wmvs featuring Diane Keaton topless in several scenes from the 1977 movie "Looking for Mr. Goodbar".

    • Diane Keaton (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

    Tabatha Cash
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

    The Euro-Porn star and sometimes "normal" actress baring all 3 B's in scenes from the non-adult French film "Rai" (1995).

    Eva Herzigova
    (1, 2, 3, 4)

    The Czech supermodel and part time actress wearing extremely see-thru lingerie in scenes from the French movie "Les Anges gardiens" aka "Guardian Angels" (1995).

    Diane Kruger
    (1, 2, 3)

    The German actress best known as 'Helen' in the recent Brad Pitt movie, "Troy". Here she is baring breasts and bum in scenes from "Mon idole" (2002).

    Katrin Cartlidge
    (1, 2, 3, 4)

    Here is the late UK actress going topless in scenes from 1993's "Naked". This movie was written and directed by Mike Leigh, who was nominated for an Oscar in each of those categories for 2004's "Vera Drake".

    Mathilda May
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)

    One of our long time favorite moments in screen nudity...May's amazing nekkidness all throughout the 1985 sci-fi flick "Lifeforce".

    Margot Kidder
    (1, 2)

    Lois Lane briefly topless and also wearing a semi-thru nightie that shows some pubes in scenes from the 1973 Brian De Palma film, "Sisters".

    Sandra Oh Here is the "Sideways" co-star posing nude for Allure magazine. Let's call this PG-13 nudity as we only see a bit of airbrushed bum.

    Mimi Rogers Mimi also getting nekkid for the newstand! Here she is showing off her big'uns and still looking fabulous!

    Jessica Simpson The pop star actress who is about to be forever known as Daisy we see her in a bikini (with a little help from the paparazzi).

    Maria Conchita Alonso
    (1, 2, 3)

    Señor Skin 'caps of the Cuban-American actress briefly topless as she gets out of the shower in scenes from the 1987 movie "Extreme Prejudice". This movie stars a bunch of classic 'heavies' like Nick Nolte, Powers Boothe, Michael Ironside, Clancy Brown and William Forsythe. One oddity however...the casting director must have been out sick on the day they added Lamar from "Revenge of the Nerds" to the cast.

    Pat Reeder
    Pat's comments in yellow...

    Jay's Headlines - Jay Leno testified in Michael Jackson's trial Tuesday, but it was a letdown for the defense. They'd told the jury that Leno would say the accuser was being coached by his mom over the phone and was after money. But Leno said the boy never asked him for money, and the woman he heard over the phone might have been his nurse or someone else. But he did work in a few jokes that amused the jury, and as he left, he plugged Renee Zellweger's guest appearance on "The Tonight Show" that night.

  • She was coming on to plug her appearance at the Michael Jackson trial tomorrow.
  • Leno was followed on the stand by Conan O'Brien, then Carson Daly...But by then, the jury was asleep.
  • Leno's not going to say anything to help Michael get acquitted; it would cost him too much material.
  • When Jay said all that stuff before, he didn't really mean it...It was just chin music.

    It's rumored that if he's acquitted, Michael will leave America and "disappear" into Europe or Africa.

  • The only way he could disappear into Africa would be to blend in with a herd of albino gazelles.
  • Yeah, go to Europe! They took Roman Polanski!

    TRIVIA NOTE! If you saw Jimmy Kimmel playing Leno on the E! Trial Reenactment, that was not a comedy sketch: he actually did it!

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