Desperate Living (Edited Version) (1977)
Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 10
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 3
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Release Date: Dec 31, 1977 Wide
Average Rating: 3.9/5
User Ratings: 5,005
Divine was touring as a cabaret singer when director John Waters made this comedy of the grotesque, but he filled the void admirably with the equally rotund Jean Hill and burlesque-queen Liz Renay. The film tells the story of Peggy Gravel (Mink Stole), a mad housewife who kills her husband then goes on the lam with her 300-pound maid Grizelda (Hill). After being sexually accosted by a lewd, cross-dressing cop with gingivitis, the women are directed to Mortville, a shanty-town for fugitive
Dec 31, 1977 Wide
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Even John Waters himself was not entirely pleased with his weird tale of mad housewives and eccentric lesbians in revolt, but the performances are good.
Desperate Living [is] a movie that feels like three separate films fused together. The first and the second are fantastic.
Not for the weak of heart or stomach, this one is worth a look for truly brave movie fans. People with delicate constitutions shouldn't even get close.
even by Waters' own admission, it is too grim and unsavory
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