Female Trouble
Female Trouble (1974)

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… More

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Rated: NC-17
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Release Date: October 4, 1974
DVD Release Date: June 14, 2005
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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News

One of John Waters' best and most notorious movies.

Rob Gonsalves

How does one follow up a legendary affront to decency? In John Waters' case, he moved on.

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Greg Muskewitz

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.

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Sophia Cowley
Film Inquiry

If you are looking for a film to unearth your deepest, most subconscious fears-and to stretch the boundaries of your comfort zone-then Female Trouble is for you.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

There's nothing divine about this earthly piece of trash.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

best seen as an early stab at satirizing the media and the overwhelming hype that is lavished on high-profile criminals

Emanuel Levy

The Pop of Trash's follow-up to Pink Flamingos is a more hilarious, shocking and poignant feature, with Divine in top form.

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Bill Gibron
DVD Verdict

Combined with...Waters' own private peculiarities, Female Trouble stands along side Pink Flamingos as a sure sign of this director's depth and talent.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Best seen in small doses. Waters at his most outrageous

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Greg S
The criminal career of Dawn Davenport is documented in an attempt to prove the thesis "crime equals beauty," in typically gross Waters fashion… More
Lafe Fredbjornson
Demented fun movie which follows a bad girl named Dawn Davenport (Divine) and her criminal career. Her naughty daughter Taffy (Mike Stole), had me rolling on… More
Cassandra Maples
God bless John Waters. He's made some of the best, crudest feel-good movies, and this is one of his crowning achievements. It's amazing how his film,… More
Sylvester Kuo
This is one of Waters' more political comedies, it's hilarious to watch, so campy and yet you can't help but laugh at the stupid dialogues.
Stephen M
For roughly half of its running time this plods along aimlessly but very entertainingly. However, when it finds focus and becomes a poorly developed satire on… More
John Me
Featuring virtually the same cast as the more famous "Pink Flamingos" and in my opinion, I found it to be not as good as its predecessed, but it is… More