Female Trouble 1974

Female Trouble

Critics Consensus

Director John Waters' affection for camp brings texture to societal transgression in Female Trouble, a brazenly subversive dive into celebrity and mayhem.

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An obese woman (Divine) gives birth to an obnoxious child and embarks upon a bizarre and violent life of crime.

Cast & Crew

Divine
Dawn Davenport , Earl Peterson
David Lochary
Donald Dasher
Mink Stole
Taffy Davenport
Edith Massey
Aunt Ida Nelson
Susan Walsh
Chicklette
Michael Potter
Gator
Paul Swift
Butterfly
Leroy Morais
Line Producer
James McKenzie
Associate Producer
Bob Harvey
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John Waters
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Charles Roggero
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John Waters
Film Editor
Vincent Peranio
Production Design
Vincent Peranio
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Critic Reviews for Female Trouble

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (3)

  • The resulting feast of sex, violence, cruelty, and frivolity mocks sentimental notions of family, work, and love, and turns the egomaniacal furies of pop culture inside out.

    December 17, 2018 | Full Review…
  • One of John Waters' best and most notorious movies.

    April 18, 2002 | Rating: B-
  • There is a fierce, maniac brilliance to a John Waters' film which rivets you to your seat for the good reason that if you walked out in the middle... you'd never know what you missed.

    November 26, 2019 | Full Review…
  • In many ways, Female Trouble treads the same ground as Network. It is a prescient look at what it means to be famous and what happens when we finally cross the line.

    August 14, 2019 | Full Review…
  • It is this reversal, the realization that the freak is an essential part of a social whole and that beauty falls into contradiction by attempting to be both normative and expressive of individuality, that Female Trouble executes in uproarious fashion.

    December 17, 2018 | Full Review…
  • A healthy appreciation of both low and high art gives one a balanced perspective that can enhance the understanding of both aspects... Female Trouble uses this concept of the duality of ugliness and beauty in the characterization of Dawn.

    November 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Female Trouble

  • Aug 20, 2018
    While this revolting film is daring, funny and provocative for quite some time, soon it becomes insufferable with a bunch of people shrieking around without end and yelling at each other for much longer than our patience can take (hell, of course, this is John Waters).
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 15, 2011
    This is one of Waters' more political comedies, it's hilarious to watch, so campy and yet you can't help but laugh at the stupid dialogues.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jul 29, 2009
    Featuring virtually the same cast as the more famous "Pink Flamingos" and in my opinion, I found it to be not as good as its predecessed, but it is still a decent flix with a bizarre story, good exploitation values.and quite amusing scenes for which the film isn't a complete waste.
    John M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 05, 2008
    "I wanted Cha Cha heels" screams the 300 pound drag queen, before heading off to a life of murder, disfigurement, and stardom. Divine's speech at the end is one of the greatest things ever.
    Shane D Super Reviewer

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