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John Waters is Back - Directing Fruitcake with Johnny Knoxville!

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May 8, 2008
Source: Hollywood Reporter

John Waters

Legendary quirky director John Waters is returning to the director's chair! Waters hasn't directed a film since 2004's NC-17 rated A Dirty Shame, but will be returning this year with a film called Fruitcake. Get this - not only does it have a wacky concept (see below), but it's Christmas children's movie! Both Johnny Knoxville and Parker Posey have joined the cast, but not too much else has been revealed. While I'm not a closet John Waters fan by any means, it is actually intriguing to see him return… I think? I've got to ask - is he still a good director or did he just have a few good one-timers and that's it? Because I think you need to hear the concept for this new Fruitcake movie and decide for yourself what to make of it.

Fruitcake centers on the title character, a boy named after his favorite dessert. He runs away from home during the holidays after he and his parents are caught shoplifting meat, then meets up with a runaway girl raised by two gay men who is searching for her birth mother. Is that not one of the oddest ideas you've ever heard? But then again, this is John Waters, and like Michel Gondry of Science of Sleep before him, concepts this weird are a perfect fit for him.

I'm really not going to claim this is anything worthwhile until we get a trailer and hear more, but both Johnny Knoxville and Parker Posey are solid middleground actors who can give a servicable performance when in the right roles. And as for John Waters, well, what more can I say about him? Anyone out there looking forward to seeing what Waters will whip up in a Christmas children's movie?

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  • Heckle
    Alex i say again. You need to watch some of his older stuff. Pink Flamingos, Cry Baby(Johnny Depp), and the original Hairspray.
  • Justin
    "But then again, this is John Waters, and like Michel Gondry of Science of Sleep before him, concepts this weird are a perfect fit for him." huh?
  • I think this sounds interesting. I liked Pecker, I thought it was odd but quirky. I think Cry Baby was a great movie but this cast seems perfect for Waters' style of humor.
  • I feel conflicted.
  • I am excited as HELL! John Waters is one of my favorite directors ever, and I simply can not wait until this movie comes out!
  • "But then again, this is John Waters, and like Michel Gondry of Science of Sleep before him, concepts this weird are a perfect fit for him." John Waters preceded Michel Gondry by nearly three decades, and so have his "weird" concepts. In fact, this isn't even his first time exploring the issue of deranged childhood environments. His movie FEMALE TROUBLE, about an abused teen-aged girl obsessed with fame and cha-cha heels, was released in 1974. I also don't see a direct correlation between the directors. Waters' humor is direct, coarse and based on urban-specific observations, whereas Gondry's films are more cerebral. After reading the synopsis I'd say his storyline echoes Terry Gilliam's TIDELAND, instead.
  • ok dko
    This movie doesn't seem to be coming out anytime soon.

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