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a winning film, but falls short of Waters's earlier work
on 8 August 2016
Pecker is a sweet-natured film, and funny; a sort of fable except that the moral lesson is dissolved like sugar in water at the end. The main character, called Pecker, takes photos compulsively, using a broken camera he found at his mother's thrift shop. They come to the attention of a New York art agent and the next thing, he is in demand and a more glamorous life beckons. But his new-found celebrity threatens his well-being and the security of his friends and family as well ...
The best thing about Pecker is its off-the-wall humour - grandmothers indulged in their visions of a talking statue of the Virgin Mary; a lesbian strip bar popping up to shock the locals, and gay bar with dancing on the counter; a girlfriend (Christina Ricci) who runs the laundromat; caring, naive parents, and a sister with a sugar addiction whose behaviour is brattish. Pecker has a job flipping burgers, and a best friend, Matt, who is a sexy burglar who also ends up out of an occupation and takes to the counter in the gay bar. Edward Furlong gets the right innocent note for Pecker, who is quickly out of his depth. Cindy Sherman and Greg Gorman appear as themselves. Overall, though, it lacks the bite of earlier work, or the total endearment factor of Hairspray - probably this is down to Divine's absence, as none of Waters's films has been quite so good since he died.