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If you missed comedian Margaret Cho's 2000 film I'M THE ONE THAT I WANT, or never had the pleasure of catching one of Ms. Cho's live shows, you might wonder at the adulation expressed by audiences as they stream into the Seattle's Paramount Theater at the start of her latest concert film. By the end, it should be perfectly clear just why Cho is so loved...read more

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If you missed comedian Margaret Cho's 2000 film I'M THE ONE THAT I WANT, or never had the pleasure of catching one of Ms. Cho's live shows, you might wonder at the adulation expressed by audiences as they stream into the Seattle's Paramount Theater at the start of her latest concert film. By the end, it should be perfectly clear just why Cho is so loved by so many different types of people. Raunchy though her material is, it embraces all comers, regardless of gender, sexuality, race or ethnicity. And it's never been sharper — or funnier — than it is here. Cho talks about the lack of Asian-American role models in the entertainment biz (growing up, success for Cho meant being cast as an extra on M*A*S*H), post-9/11 lifestyle changes (no more snorting strange white powders) and the importance of self esteem. But her main topic is as universal as it gets: sex. In her fitted jeans and tummy revealing plaid shirt, Cho takes the stage and tells it straight, gay and everything in between. With extraordinary confidence and often startling candor, Cho notes the differences between gay and straight personal ads (funny), describes her visit to an S&M club (even funnier), outlines the perils of renting porn from the local video store (hilarious) and offers a unique perspective on being on the giving end of oral sex (heart-stoppingly hysterical). And never one to disappoint, Cho delivers a wonderful monologue on a perennial favorite — her mother, who's convinced "everyone's a little gay." Cho's comedy is irreverent without ever appearing disrespectful, and explicit without the usual demeaning crudity, but prudes should be warned: Her willingness to share the most intimate details about her sex life is enough to make Richard Pryor blush.

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  • Released: 2002
  • Rating: R
  • Review: If you missed comedian Margaret Cho's 2000 film I'M THE ONE THAT I WANT, or never had the pleasure of catching one of Ms. Cho's live shows, you might wonder at the adulation expressed by audiences as they stream into the Seattle's Paramount Theater at the… (more)
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