Female Trouble Reviews
GREAT MOVIE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'm all about films that push the limits, but I had abandoned all hope for this at the ten minute mark. Before that I was with this all the way, but it makes a wrong turn and never recovers. This is bleak, annoying and hard to watch for most of its running time. In fact, I can't see this picture appealing to anyone outside of Waters' hardcore homosexual following.
I've never wanted to be a member of the mainstream movie-going public until I saw this revolting renegade picture. It's obviously meant to be high camp, but it's never funny and very unappealing. It's hard to imagine the attempted rape of a fourteen year old to work in any kind of film, but it's especially distasteful in an alleged comedy such as this.
Divine is an actor/actress that only the gay community could adore. For the rest of us, there is no appeal. He's like a relative that tells racist, offensive jokes over the holidays that you can't get rid of. In fact, there's no character or performer in this that you like or can relate to in any way, shape or form. Waters may have started his cult following with "Female Trouble", but it didn't gain him any ground with me. This is a shameful, embarrassing and appalling film. Having an open mind won't make this any easier to swallow.
Much of the familiar cast are back as they tackle a tale of rebellion against conformity with heavy social commentary all wrapped up in glossy farce. Divine is loud and proud as a single mother to a bratty child whose life centers around the local hair salon. Shock value elements have been replaced with stronger satire and much of the language toned down, making the material more accessible.
Highly enjoyable for us fans, but will leave the mainstream confused and slightly revulsed.
"All of you, can't you see what you are doing? Worshiping the flesh and ignoring the spiritual. Oh, if only you could see the light. Discovering my consciousness was like finding a million dollars in the street! I'm glowing with happiness!"
"Well, glow on then, Taffy, because the sight of you makes my flesh crawl! I'm sick of listening to you babble commandments and spout gibberish. Its turning my stomach, do you hear? And in just a few seconds I'm going to put you out of your happiness!"
I had low-ish hopes for this movie, until I saw it. I actually like this movie a lot and it was a great opening to the world of John Waters. And Divine was Divine.