Rented Lips

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Rented Lips
Poster of the movie Rented Lips.jpg
Directed by Robert Downey Sr.
Written by Martin Mull
Starring Martin Mull
Dick Shawn
Jennifer Tilly
Robert Downey Jr.
Music by Van Dyke Parks
Cinematography Robert D. Yeoman
Distributed by The Vista Organization
Release date
  • July 1, 1988 (1988-07-01)
Running time
82 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Rented Lips is a 1988 comedy-satire film directed by Robert Downey Sr., and starring his son Robert Downey Jr., as well as Martin Mull, Dick Shawn, and Jennifer Tilly.

It was the final film appearance of Shawn, who died in 1987.


A documentary film maker, whose most recent work is Aluminum, Our Shiny Friend, is offered the chance to shoot his long dreamt of musical on Indian Farming Techniques if he completes the shooting of a porn film financed by an evangelical church and uses the same crew and cast for both films.

Complications ensue.



Sometime after its theatrical run, International Video Entertainment released the film on VHS. The film has not been released on DVD and as of December 21, 2009, Lions Gate has not announced any plans for a DVD release.

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