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Mondo Trasho
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by Greg Muskewitz

"Lots-o fun-o"
4 stars

Following some unique and shoestring-budget short films (i.e., “Hag in a Leather Jacket”) John Waters makes his feature directing debut with “Mondo Trasho.”

The least cinematic of his atrocities, Waters sets the movie mostly to non-stop record upon record. “Mondo Trasho” is probably also his least atrocious work up until later with “Hairspray” and “Cry Baby.” The story is simple enough: Divine is Divine, the most beautiful thing in the world, God’s gift to splendor, but when she accidentally runs over Mary Vivian Pearce, she does everything she can to help her back to recovery. The black-and-white film stock is shoddy and the records are recorded over with all the pops and clicks, which creates a poor quality atop other poor qualities, but Waters uses them to the best of his cheap limitations, and the movie is a joy to watch and listen to. There is the occasional dialogue, usually dubbed over the over-dramatic mouthings, but Divine and Mary Vivian (a really cutie at her youthful age) are entertaining in a cheesy, mortifying way, and Waters — though certainly not at the peak of his gross reputation, or really anywhere near it, has an ear for songs. He employs similar ways of playing the records over his movies until he actually gets a budget much later on around 1981 with “Polyester.”

Final Verdict: B.

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User Comments

10/13/09 Josie Cotton is a goddess Waters and Divine are funny, but this movie isn't 2 stars
2/06/07 LyndseyElizabeth True John Waters Masterpiece 5 stars
5/20/03 olivia good 4 stars
3/14/02 Dreamland437 Not John Waters' strongest film, but if you like his other work, you'll probably like this. 4 stars
1/24/02 Elliot moving dramatic tour de force filmaking. Cinema as it should be!. 5 stars
6/18/01 GeorgE It was good but I think you'd have to be a real John Water's cultist to really enjoy it. 4 stars
3/15/01 Sthenno A brilliant chunk of B/W film,with a plot that is so odd,you can't beleve how funnny it is! 5 stars
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  02-Mar-1969 (NR)



Directed by
  John Waters

Written by
  John Waters

  Mink Stole
  David Lochary
  Mary Vivian Pearce
  Bob Skidmore
  Margie Skidmore

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