Synopsis: Numerous New York City dwellers come to the exclusive club Shortbus to work out problems in their sexual relationships. Rob and Sophia are a happily married couple, except for the fact that she has never experienced sexual climax. This irony follows her to work because she is a couples counselor who frequently has to deal with the sexual issues other couples have. Two of her patients are Jamie and James, a gay couple who have been monogamous for five years and counting. James wants to bring other men in to the relationship, and his own history with depression may hint at an ulterior motive. Ceth (pronounced Seth) may be the perfect addition to their family, but Caleb, a voyeur from across the street, may have his own ideas about that. Sophia visits Severin, a dominatrix with secrets of her own to reveal.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Production: ThinkFilm
  7 wins & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
101 min

See, I'm making this little film, and

I want to tape myself telling this story.

Just me.

Sure, OK.

So I was at the gym last week...

Oh, Jesus!

There's something in there!

Something's on the bottom there!

Can you help me?

What was that?

It must have been a brownout.

Are you OK?

Yeah, yeah.

Everything's fine.

You know, we're making some progress.

I got to hear from James,

and now I'd love to hear from you, Jamie.

Tell me what you need in your life right now.

Well, I need Jamie.

Besides James.

We love each other so much.

I just...

I don't want to lose him.

And I think about him and other guys,

and then I think about me and other guys,

and I think, maybe there's an opportunity here.

I mean, there's a lot of good and cute people in the world who don't have any love in their lives,

and I think we could help them.

I mean, I love cute people.

Tell me what you need, in one sentence.

I love everybody.

That's not a need.

I need to love everybody.

Wait! Did you just hear me?

"I need to love everybody"?

How can I love everybody?

I can't even meet everybody!

Wow! You're good!

Thank you!

- Jamie...

Thank you!

I'm having a breakthrough!

Jamie, that's actually called a "false epiphany".

Come on, give me a break!

Did you give him a breakthrough?

You don't just dole out the breakthroughs.

Well, you can!

Don't you give yourself a breakthrough?

I don't need a breakthrough.

You're not gonna give me the breakthrough?

I do not need a breakthrough.

We all need breakthroughs.

Well shut up and sit down!

You shut up! And I...

Sit down!

Oh my God. I...

I am so sorry.

I'm not gonna charge you for this session.

It's a...

I'm preorgasmic.

Does that mean you're about to have one?


I've never had one.

Get the hell out of here.

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John Cameron Mitchell

John Cameron Mitchell (born April 21, 1963) is an American actor, writer, and director, best known for originating the title role in the musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and reprising it in the 2001 film adaptation directed by him, as well as for directing the films Shortbus (2006) and Rabbit Hole (2010). more…

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