I was expecting way more from Shortbus. The movie was okay, it wasn't bad, but I was expecting something of the caliber of Hedwig, and Shortbus is amateurish in comparison with John Cameron Mitchell's debut.
In Shortbus, we follow a bunch of people who are experimenting with their sexuality in an attempt to find happiness and let people penetrate them, emotionally. In New York. Cute, right?
I knew about all the genitalia in the movie, erections everywhere, orgies and all, and I went into the movie thinking it was really just going to be an excellent mainstream porn movie. But it is not at all like that, you should really believe when you read the movie is about sexuality, not porn. Although the countless sex scenes are very candid, you don't really see porn anywhere. Most of those scenes carry a quite heavy emotional content.
I guess for that reason alone the movie deserves to be seen.
You see all sorts of sexual orientations in Shortbus, and although some of the scenes may be a tad shocking (nothing too bad though I don't think), the positive message of acceptance was everywhere.