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Female Trouble
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by Greg Muskewitz

"A common dilemma."
4 stars

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.

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User Comments

1/23/14 fine necromounds funny to an extent, then it just gets into a game of "how offensive can john waters be?" 2 stars
2/08/13 Val Veeta One of the funniest films ever made! 5 stars
12/21/10 Moose Rapper It's Divine! 5 stars
12/26/09 Chad Dillon Cooper Anybody who hates "Hollywood" comedies needs to see this. 5 stars
10/25/09 John Hynds see, The US can do real comedy - thanks to John, Divine, Edith & the ensemble castg 5 stars
9/25/09 Dennis Simply The Finest Film ever made or to be made. 5 stars
3/17/09 Pinky I have a sick sense of humor, and I LOVE it 5 stars
3/16/09 Josie Cotton is a goddess Could not stop laughing. A comedy classic 4 stars
12/04/08 Shaun Wallner Thought this was a good film. 4 stars
7/18/07 indy loved everything about the about laughed till i cried 4 stars
11/20/06 Glenn Soffen One of my favorate Waters films. I must have seen it 50 times and I still laugh out loud! 5 stars
9/30/06 Stevnated I don't get it. It's just somethin crude and repulsive for shock value? 2 stars
11/10/05 othoob crazy shat 4 stars
2/17/05 Briggs Mushrush i think that the movie is great and is definitly worth viewing...kind of abstract. 4 stars
6/08/03 earl hoffert there is so much packed into this movie, it's insane 5 stars
2/12/03 brentley Stupid movie.... 3 stars
11/11/02 Vicious Toy/Electric Crotch One of the most hilarious pictures I've ever seen! I laugh my ass off every time I see it! 5 stars
6/20/02 YumYumKing Gotta love the popping out of the glass eye! 5 stars
3/15/02 Dreamland437 John Waters' best ever!!!!!! 5 stars
3/11/02 Brad Streep Nice girls dont wear ch-cha heels!!! Neither do I!!!! 5 stars
12/14/01 Sonia I own the movie and have been watching it for the past 12 years and I still laugh each time 5 stars
2/21/01 Rocket Boy John Waters' best, with Divine as a beauty queen. 5 stars
1/28/01 Tony Coley High camp and low taste in my favorite John Waters film. Watch it with your Mom! 5 stars
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  02-Oct-1975 (NC-17)
  DVD: 07-Sep-2004



Directed by
  John Waters

Written by
  John Waters

  Mink Stole
  Susan Lowe
  Edith Massey
  David Lochary
  Mary Vivian Pearce

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