Pink Flamingos (1972)
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Several truly disgusting individuals, including 300-pound Babs (played by transvestive Divine), compete for the title of "The World's Filthiest Person" in this infamous exercise in bad taste. John Waters' cult classic is both hilarious and repulsive; only the strong-hearted should stick around for the notorious final scene.
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Critic Reviews for Pink Flamingos
Waters works best with some restrictions on his license. He's much better as a subversive than he is an anarchist.
I am not giving a star rating to Pink Flamingos, because stars simply seem not to apply. It should be considered not as a film but as a fact, or perhaps as an object.
It will take patience and a strong stomach to sit through, to 'take,' the whole.
[VIDEO ESSAY] "Pink Flamingos" remains to this day the most cogently transgressive and anarchic film ever made.
But what made Waters unique was the joyous quality of his work, the wicked delight he took in trashy obscenity.
This bad-taste comedy put John Waters on the map as the propeht of low budget, trashy but signficant indie films
gag-inducing and breathtaking at the same time.
People complain about shock cinema and how far it has to go now to penetrate our jaded, desensitized sensibilities. Come meet the grandfather of it all!
[A] demented comedy that defecates on everything the '60s stood for, and then allows the drag queen in the lead to eat in, right on camera.
Infamously sick and certainly worth seeing ... but don't expect much.
Gaudy, outrageous...it's John Waters!
Hard to make an argument based on sheer artistry; impossible to make an argument against outrageous charm and transfixing weirdness.
The film Waters is still trying to top.
Crude John Waters opus, but fitfully funny and undeniably gross.
What can anybody say about this movie? A great, big middle finger of a movie that has shocked and liberated audiences for decades.
As a cinematic pipebomb placed under America's movie seat, it can't be beat.
Pink Flamingos is the cinematic equivalent of the entire alphabet in one, prolonged belch. However relevant in this analogy, Pink Flamingos is not confined to the practices of immaturity; it is timelessly repulsive.
Audience Reviews for Pink Flamingos
A couple who keep impregnated women chained in their cellar so they can sell the babies to lesbians for adoption try to challenge Divine for the title of "filthiest person alive." Contains every kind of cruelty, obscenity and freak show behavior you can imagine, notoriously including unsimulated coprophagia and chickens killed during sex. There is some value in pushing the envelope so you can see where the line should be, but even John Waters realized he had gone too far with this one.More
John Waters most famous film, Pink Flamingos is an awful piece of crap that is just poorly constructed with a poorly thought plot, which really doesn't make sense, and really bad cast. This is pure Exploitation done wrong. I've seen my fair share of Exploitation pictures, but this one ranks as the worst. I really don't understand as to why this film has gotten praise. This film was trash, and a poor waste of film. There is little substance here to really make it worth seeing, and the content is despicable and it's just for shock value. This is not a film classic by any means, and it doesn't deserve the praise it has gotten. Trash films are fun, I mean look at what Trauma has done. However this is just a disturbing piece of garbage that should not be watched at all costs. I was curious about this film, as I've heard plenty of things about it, how it was a milestone of cinema and such. However, when I unfortunately ended up watching it, I really didn't get the hype. Waters exposes us to every taboo there is, purely for shock value. The film leaves asking questions, as to why this crap would be made. This is not landmark cinema, and it really a picture that exhibits poor taste. The success of Pink Flamingos on the midnight film circuit is surprising. Aside from sheer shock content, the film is boring with nothing interesting going for it. I really don't see what's funny with Pink Flamingos, and it is a poorly constructed film that never should have been made.More
An outrageous and repulsive exercise in bad taste whose only infantile objective is to leave you disgusted as if eating dog shit yourself. It is not funny, the acting is horrible and John Waters only proves he is an awful director with his trashy zooms and camera movements.More
A disgusting, surrealist, scary, sick, breathtaking, infamous and terrible funny. An anarchist /subversive cinema work. An unique film, that you need to have courage to see and after tell the story. John Waters is really a genius of the expressive bad taste. Pink Flamingos it's a perverse dark comedy, just like a car accident, you don't want see, but can't resist. Fresh.More
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