Female Trouble
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A riotously funny bad-taste epic from director John Waters, Baltimore's "Prince of Puke," this sick classic tells the depraved life story of obese criminal Dawn Davenport (Divine), from her bad-girl youth as a go-go dancer on Baltimore's infamous Block to her death in the electric chair. Mink Stole is terrific as Dawn's bratty daughter Taffy, conceived following a romp on a junkyard mattress with a fat derelict in soiled underpants (also played by Divine). Mary Vivian Pearce and David Lochary co-star as crazed owners of a beauty-parlor who are convinced that "crime… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"One of John Waters' best and most notorious movies."
‑ Gary Dowell, Dallas Morning News
"There's nothing divine about this earthly piece of trash."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"best seen as an early stab at satirizing the media and the overwhelming hype that is lavished on high-profile criminals"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"How do you follow-up Pink Flamingos? Not with a work that tries to outdo that classic gross-out comedy, but rather by moving in another direction entirely that's just as subversive, if not more so."
‑ David Ehrenstein, New Times
"The Pop of Trash's follow-up to Pink Flamingos is a more hilarious, shocking and poignant feature, with Divine in top form."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Combined with...Waters' own private peculiarities, Female Trouble stands along side Pink Flamingos as a sure sign of this director's depth and talent."
‑ Bill Gibron, DVD Verdict
"Best seen in small doses. Waters at his most outrageous"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Normal people should probably stay away, but twisted people and young filmmakers will find laughter, inspiration and joy here."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"How does one follow up a legendary affront to decency? In John Waters' case, he moved on."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"For John Waters purists, this will be upheld as the real thing, but for most others, the licentious social commentary will only disgust or shock."
‑ Greg Muskewitz, eFilmCritic.com
"A wonderfully wicked film celebrating two things the director has always found fascinating: crime and beauty."
‑ Kim Morgan, Oregonian
"John Waters' most bizarre work is also his worst, a nonsensical palette of disgusting characters, bad acting, a baffling plot, and just plain bad taste."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
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