Pink Flamingos
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Renegade filmmaker and noted aficionado of expressive bad taste John Waters exploded into international infamy with this darkly comic, no-budget parade of the perverse (his third feature film, and first in color), in which plus-size cross-dresser Divine stars as Babs Johnson, a flashy criminal on the lam from the FBI who is hiding out in a trailer outside of Baltimore, MD. Accompanying Babs are her mother (Edith Massey), an obese and dim-witted woman who is malignly obsessed with eggs; her degenerate son, Crackers (Danny Mills); and Cotton (Mary Vivian Pierce), Babs' duplicitous… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Waters works best with some restrictions on his license. He's much better as a subversive than he is an anarchist."
‑ Jeff Millar, Houston Chronicle
"But what made Waters unique was the joyous quality of his work, the wicked delight he took in trashy obscenity."
‑ Beth Accomando, KPBS.org
"gag-inducing and breathtaking at the same time."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Still succeeds as an all-out assault on good taste."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"The alpha and omega of shock filmmaking."
‑ Martin Scribbs, Low IQ Canadian
"I am not giving a star rating to Pink Flamingos, because stars simply seem not to apply. It should be considered not as a film but as a fact, or perhaps as an object."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"This bad-taste comedy put John Waters on the map as the propeht of low budget, trashy but signficant indie films"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"People complain about shock cinema and how far it has to go now to penetrate our jaded, desensitized sensibilities. Come meet the grandfather of it all!"
‑ Karina Montgomery, Cinerina
"Infamously sick and certainly worth seeing ... but don't expect much."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"Hard to make an argument based on sheer artistry; impossible to make an argument against outrageous charm and transfixing weirdness."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"Waters demonstrates visual talent and entertains"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"What was considered shocking in the 1970s seems benign today."
‑ Phil Hall, IdentityTheory
"[A] demented comedy that defecates on everything the '60s stood for, and then allows the drag queen in the lead to eat in, right on camera."
‑ Bill Gibron, DVD Verdict
"Gaudy, outrageous...it's John Waters!"
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"The film Waters is still trying to top."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
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