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.*************************** Female Trouble. For John Waters purists, this will be upheld as the real thing, but for most others, the licentious social commentary (yes, buried deep below the surface scum, that’s what this is) will only disgust or shock. (Sounds right on track to me!) So in other words, if every single Waters fan would take an unsuspecting Waters virgin to see Female Trouble, the inside message might actually cover more territory than intended. But I think that’s too much wishful thinking. What Waters accomplishes with Female Trouble is a step up from the warped fairy tale or musically inspired efforts by making a satiric and appropriate criticism on the domain of teen-dom-hood and their disillusioned rearing, and then ill-prparation when trying to rear children/teenagers on their own. The results are quite scathing, very hilarious, and of course gross in proportion -- but then again, what else would a John Waters film be without those repulsive qualities? Waters’ production values are still very shoddy and underfunded, but the content is what’s on display here, just as Divine’s newest façade Dawn Davenport is. The shocking cynosure and “controversial” mise-en-scène would likely be Divine’s self-rape, playing two different characters, one the rapist, and then Dawn as the rapee. The effect is achieved easily by cross-cutting footage of Divine dressed as one character either on top or below of a similarly plump double whose faced is obscured. It’s a grotesque and gratuitous scene with Waters displaying why he is the King of Shock and Trash, but no one else could pull it off quite the same.
With Waters usuals such as Mink Stole, Mary Vivian Pearce, Edith Massey and others.Final Verdict: B.