Desperate Living (Edited Version)
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Divine was touring as a cabaret singer when director John Waters made this comedy of the grotesque, but he filled the void admirably with the equally rotund Jean Hill and burlesque-queen Liz Renay. The film tells the story of Peggy Gravel (Mink Stole), a mad housewife who kills her husband then goes on the lam with her 300-pound maid Grizelda (Hill). After being sexually accosted by a lewd, cross-dressing cop with gingivitis, the women are directed to Mortville, a shanty-town for fugitive criminals ruled by the evil Queen Carlotta (Edith Massey). Carlotta's daughter, Princess Coo-Coo (Mary… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Even John Waters himself was not entirely pleased with his weird tale of mad housewives and eccentric lesbians in revolt, but the performances are good."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"even by Waters' own admission, it is too grim and unsavory"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Desperate Living [is] a movie that feels like three separate films fused together. The first and the second are fantastic."
‑ Bill Gibron, DVD Verdict
"Nonsense."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Not for the weak of heart or stomach, this one is worth a look for truly brave movie fans. People with delicate constitutions shouldn't even get close."
‑ Scott Weinberg, Apollo Guide
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