Female Trouble
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Female Trouble is less offensive than John Waters' "chef d'oeuvre" Pink Flamingos, but no less perversely enjoyable. The incomparable Divine plays a dual role--one in drag, one in male mufti. The female character is the more interesting of the two: after being raped, "she" gives birth to a homicidal infant, then launches a nightclub act. Considering that her act consists of killing the male members of the audience, it's surprising that it lasts longer than opening night. The climax finds Divine dying magnificently in the electric chair, proud and defiant to the… 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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