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Pink Flamingos

Pink Flamingos (1972)


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Renegade filmmaker and noted aficionado of expressive bad taste John Waters exploded into international infamy with this darkly comic, no-budget parade of the perverse (his third feature film, and first in color), in which plus-size cross-dresser Divine stars as Babs Johnson, a flashy criminal on the lam from the FBI who is hiding out in a trailer outside of Baltimore, MD. Accompanying Babs are her mother (Edith Massey), an obese and dim-witted woman who is malignly obsessed with eggs; her



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Waters works best with some restrictions on his license. He's much better as a subversive than he is an anarchist.

January 1, 2000
Houston Chronicle
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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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comments (2)
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"Pink Flamingos" remains to this day the most cogently transgressive and anarchic film ever made.

July 13, 2014 Full Review Source:

Waters demonstrates visual talent and entertains

February 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
Old School Reviews

But what made Waters unique was the joyous quality of his work, the wicked delight he took in trashy obscenity.

July 28, 2012 Full Review Source:

This bad-taste comedy put John Waters on the map as the propeht of low budget, trashy but signficant indie films

June 18, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

What was considered shocking in the 1970s seems benign today.

March 14, 2010 Full Review Source: IdentityTheory | Comment (1)

gag-inducing and breathtaking at the same time.

June 14, 2008

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!

September 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinerina

[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.

August 22, 2005 Full Review Source: DVD Verdict
DVD Verdict

Still succeeds as an all-out assault on good taste.

May 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

Infamously sick and certainly worth seeing ... but don't expect much.

April 2, 2005

Gaudy,'s John Waters!

November 1, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

The alpha and omega of shock filmmaking.

September 26, 2004

Hard to make an argument based on sheer artistry; impossible to make an argument against outrageous charm and transfixing weirdness.

July 24, 2004
Nick's Flick Picks

The film Waters is still trying to top.

October 23, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

Crude John Waters opus, but fitfully funny and undeniably gross.

October 1, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

What can anybody say about this movie? A great, big middle finger of a movie that has shocked and liberated audiences for decades.

April 28, 2003
KFOR Channel 4 News

As a cinematic pipebomb placed under America's movie seat, it can't be beat.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

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.

July 16, 2002 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

There's a flasher who ties sausage to his willy.

October 24, 2001 Full Review Source:

What makes it all so cheerfully engaging are the larger than life performances from actors who are hardly professional but compulsively watchable, especially Waters' superstar, the irrepressible Divine.

October 24, 2001 Full Review Source: Flipside Movie Emporium
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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.
April 20, 2014
Greg S

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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.
October 23, 2013
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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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.
August 18, 2013

Super Reviewer

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.
July 4, 2012
Lucas Martins

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    1. Babs Johnson: Honey! Why are we out of afterbirth?
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    1. Connie Marble: I guess there's just two kind of people Miss Sandstone. My kind of people, and ass holes. It's rather obvious which category you fit into. Have a nice day.
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