The golden voice of radio, or as he likes to call himself The King of All Media, Howard Stern, has proven in this movie "Private Parts" time and time again: "trash is gold."
In this 1997 movie Private Parts starring the King of All Media, Stern, and his cohorts, Robin Quiver, Jackie "The Joker Man" Martling, Struttering John, Bababooyee, etc., retells Howard Sterns climb to stardom ending up on top of the Big Apple. From his neighborhoods on Long island to Boston University, where he met his wife Alison, to Detroit radio, to Washington DC radio, and finally back to the Big Apple, NYC, radio this movie shows his drive and the obstacles, like Pig Vomit, a radio executive who dislikes him, he faced on his quest for stardom.
This movie is about his determination, and his vision of giving the public what they truly want: they want: to laugh. To make his listeners laugh: Stern uses sex.
Sex fuels his on air conversation. Sex sells; and Stern knows it. Even though the radio executives are concerned about his foul mouth and being censored by the federal government, once they see his ratings, which go through the roof in the early and mid-1980s, they realize they have a radio super talent in their mist. Many are listening and chuckling at Stern's sex antics on the radio. It's all an act, yet the most popular act in NYC, then around the country. The formula to Stern's success is sex,And he continues to rant about sexual taboo topics. Like the 1950s comic, Lenny Bruce, Stern is sex obsessed, yet unlike the comic Lenny Bruce, Stern had struck gold.
Thirty-three years after his NYC radio debut, in 1982, the movie was released in 1997, Stern is still a big star today. His success and drive back then when he first graduate college in the mid-1970s has kept him in the public eye today. Even though he has toned down his act on TV, Stern is still a celebrity.
In the movie, it seems as if Stern's fundamental belief is that his radio audience find European classical arts, like Mozart, boring: he believes his audience want to be excited and entertained. Cheap thrills means trash is gold. And he delivers by using sex. As a result, he ends up with spectacularly high radio ratings, and becomes a nationally media superstar.
As a movie, Private Parts is basically a biography. It could have been named the Howard Stern's Life Story. The movie also shows how he succeeded and rose to the top of his profession. How? He chatted about sex. In a puritanical society, such talk is trash, yet for Stern, as a result, trash turned into gold. He became a media superstar, or as he likes to say King of all Media.
As a movie, this one is a very good biography of someone who had climbed successfully and reached national stardom. For Howard Stern fans, this movie is a can't miss. If not a Stern fan, it's still worth watching.
Stern's climb to dizzying heights of celebrity stardom simply reflects how in our culture: trash is gold. That ideal has been proven time and time again: give the public what it wants, make that burger with fries, and where's the TV guide?
As far as the acting, Stern plays himself, and his acting is plausible, good enough. So is the acting of his cohorts. It's a fun movie to watch. More exciting culturally for many than listening and watching the Vienna orchestra perform Mozart's Magic Flute. Stern has tapped into the national consciousness of giving to he public what it wants. On the radio and screen. does the public want Rock n' Roll? Of course.. Beethoven? No. Howard Stern? Yes.