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August 27, 2016
Before Rupaul, there was.... Divine! Interesting and surrealistic.
July 1, 2016
The next trash piece John Waters serves us after his unusual success of Pink Flamingo's in 1972. Divine this time round is her usual vile self.

This time round she joins a salon to become a model while commuting crimes (supposedly that is sexier...go figure). The plot is back seat to the graphic humor & sick dialogue.

No doubt will appeal to fans of John Waters & is definitely trashy. Has a few funny lines but really is bad taste.
February 1, 2016
A masterpiece of trash cinema, and one of the funniest movies ever made.
December 31, 2015
This movie is a total trashy nightmare.
December 2, 2015
Female Trouble is a depraved disaster, a monstrosity that looks like it was made for $5.00 and is all the better for it. Operating as a exercise in low-brow extremity and a satirical look at society's obsession with fame, Trouble delivers what its title promises in spades, letting Devine loose to carry out a series of ridiculous stunts that only she could pull off. Rightfully repulsed by the ordinary and laudatory of the insane and the oppressed, it features such pearls of wisdom as "The world of the heterosexual is a sick and boring life", something viewers should take away from the experience even if the proceedings confer nothing else on them. It's a ridiculous film, but it commits to its controlled lunacy, a massive middle-finger to the status quo and a warm embrace for those who live lives that don't align with it, its anti-establishment fervor infectious in such a way that makes Female Trouble a joy to watch.
November 6, 2015
The thing I like best about the films of John Waters is how free they are. They're unafraid to push boundaries, unafraid to fail, unafraid to gun down convention and get away with it. You can picture Waters, penciled-on mustache and all, smiling wickedly as he goes from scene to scene devising just what he can to next to make the audience squirm, laugh, or gasp - if he's lucky, maybe he'll get a reaction combining the three, the audience making an ungodly noise perhaps more invigorating than anyone would like to admit.
"Female Trouble" acts as one of the many defining moments of his career, acting as the follow-up to the infamous "Pink Flamingos," which, if you haven't heard already, features his forever wonderful muse Divine picking up dog poop and ingesting it as if it were a piece of candy for the cameras. Most would expect him to attempt to go rougher with "Female Trouble," to make a film not matching the depravity of the former by, instead, outdoing it. But Waters, unlike many exploitation filmmakers of the 1970s, is not the kind to dwell on the past - the film acts as a mature step forward in his then-young filmography, less concerned with shocking us (though still pretty damn concerned) and more with drawing a cohesive storyline and penetrating our funny bones with inexplicably unorthodox laughs.
America's favorite drag queen, the glorious Divine, stars as Dawn Davenport, a perpetual bad girl whose life is, more or less, a soap opera on acid. Sticking alongside her from her sticky teenage years to her violent demise, the film follows Dawn's crime-ridden existence like a journalist in desperate need of a profile, unflinching of all the sordid details of her everyday life. She is a tragic heroine Bette Davis could have never played, hitting her emotionally stunted daughter (Mink Stole) when not committing the rest of her time to robbery, wreaking havoc upon the public when not rigorously sinning.
"Female Trouble" makes for an early example of John Waters' satirical eye toward media explosion following violent crime, a topic later to be perfected in his underrated "Serial Mom." But "Female Trouble" is better to be looked at as an uproarious black comedy, not as a social statement, and it leaves its biggest impressions when looking at its own absurdity straight in the eye, like when Divine partakes in a sex scene with ... himself (trick photography can do wonders with dual roles) or how the raucous Edith Massey berates Dawn's first husband, her nephew, for being a boring heterosexual - she'd rather have a gay; they're much more fun to spend time with.
Yet I like "Female Trouble" best when it's lost in its own flurry of madness, hardly worried about narrative and more intent on its visual gags (my favorite being Massey's wearing of a slinky gown someone with the body of Cassandra Peterson could only pull off). Waters has made finer films, but with Divine by his side, you know you're getting something special.
½ November 3, 2015
The best John Waters/Divine movie, with a lot of weird funny stuff. Waters and the actors were always stoned when they made their trash movies and this one is pratically a stoner movie (just watch stoned and you'll understand). This is na unique film where bad acting actually takes an essential part in the movie's quality.
July 28, 2015
Over the top in ridiculousness but some fucking hilarious scenes and acting XD would have rated higher if the ending would have been cut a little shorter. A must see at least once in your lifetime jajaja
July 20, 2015
Outrageous craziness.
December 11, 2014
In typical John Waters fashion this movie doesn't just show us vulgarity & trash, it celebrates it,& glamorizes it. The resulting product is irreverent iconoclastic movie-making
September 22, 2014
Nasty, crazy, and funny as hell.
½ June 13, 2014
FEMALE TROUBLE is an entertaining, campy piece of trash...and John Waters wouldn't have had it any other way. Although the low budget and acting leave a lot to be desired, the movie still works as a satire of the media and the attention afforded high-profile criminals. Despite its shortcomings, it is an improvement over PINK FLAMINGOS. Still, I'd only recommend this to John Waters/Divine fans or people who enjoy camp.
½ May 9, 2014
dawn davenport kicks asssssssss!!!
½ July 5, 2013
this movie would be better if they tightened it up a bit, or a lot.
May 19, 2013
The film that introduced Dawn Davenport to an ungrateful world--A film so perfect, it's revolting!!
February 10, 2013
I know one thing.. there will never be another one.
½ January 16, 2013
Gross dark comedy. And I low it. One of a kind
Super Reviewer
January 9, 2013
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.
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