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TOP 50 REVIEWERon 5 August 2013
A superb showcase for Divine, Female Trouble is John Waters at his most abrasive and funny. In comparison with many films of this period, it is surprising how little it has dated, indeed much of it is prescient of certain social trends that have become more apparent since: the celebrity culture, getting attention at all costs, vulgarity run rampant. But the tone is not simply critical, as it relishes much of what it shows as it parodies it; it is about the anarchic power of trash and bad taste. Several of the secondary characters are brilliant in this regard - Aunt Ida (Edith Massey) in her fetish gear looking quite grotesque, but what a wonderful performance it is! And a neat inversion of conventional morality when she says she doesn't want her son Gater to be in the boring twilight world of the heterosexual, and sets him up with gay dates, when he is totally straight. He immediately falls into the arms of Dawn Davenport, who would be more than anyone could handle. It seems he finds her completely irresistible, although the effect wears off after about two minutes of screen time. Described at one point as particularly cheap in a transparent chiffon number in bright, voluminous orange (featured on the box), Dawn is a one-off with her big hair, overdone make-up and dulcet tones that easily become fierce, but always veiled, at least until she becomes completely unhinged. Her look likewise gets more and more extreme, particularly after she gets badly disfigured. The parody of the `caring mother' is scabrously funny and in very bad taste as she tells her daughter she is simply a `retarded brat', and there are moments of genuine shock. However this is all part of the effect; you are made to react in all kinds of ways, and have your sensibilities assaulted - Divine shaking it up and shooting up in all senses. The fact that it retains its power to outrage the viewer is salutary, I think, suggesting that all is not lost!
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on 26 August 2014
This is probably my favourite John Waters film. If you appreciate trash-talkin' broads and deeply inappropriate humour, then this is most definitely for you. There is potential here for some people to hate this movie and never understand why others love it but I suspect that this was always Female Trouble's intended fate. In fact, John Waters would be absolutely delighted at the thought of people having strong feelings and reactions to his films so even if you think it's a piece of s***, other people will just love it more.
Divine is as outrageous and fabulous as ever as Dawn Devonport, a teenage runaway and young mum who just wants to be famous. Shenanigans ensue as she meets a couple who exploit Dawn for her beauty and general fabulousness. It's the over-the-top acting combined with some of the most eccentric and bizarre characters both on film and in real life that really does it for me. Somehow, the absurdity of it all comes together to form a hilarious and clever social satire even if it wasn't ever meant to be one. Once again, this is one of those love/hate movies so expect to have a polarised opinion. Watch it, feel things, have a laugh and argue with your friends about it.
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on 8 January 2014
Not much more to say about this film - if you've seen it before you know exactly what you're getting into. If you're buying it on the offchance it's something like Hairspray (the cult classic original, not the remake), then do a bit of research and try watching a few clips of this first. Not for the squeamish....although at least there's no poodle-poo in this one
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on 16 May 2017
Got to be the best ever trashiest films ever made. Divine is divine playing Dawn Davenport, ANGST is the word for her.
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on 17 March 2010
What can i say. I have only recently discovered John Waters' early films and have proceeded to watching the lot. I can safely say that Female Trouble is the best by far! The amount of trash surpasses any of his other work, yes even Pink Flamingos! I admit that maybe it's not as repelling, but it is filthy, disgusting and outrageously stupid, in its own genius way. I am an avid film buff, i own, collect and in my life have watched thousands of films, from Disney to deranged. I can safely say that no one has ever pushed the boundaries of filthy, outrageous comedy, more than John Waters has and this film, for me is the best example of why Waters was called 'the Pope of Trash'.
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on 14 January 2014
John Waters' films remain unparallelled in terms of breaking the rules as he sinks to new heights of the avant garde. You'll love being freaked out by this cast of queer chracters who challenge you all the way. Another John Waters masterpiece.
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on 17 June 2016
Great film where define shines
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on 24 February 2015
Divine at his best great cult movie well worth having
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on 12 February 2015
Divine was one of a kind. I met him just a few weeks before his death. It is a classic, and John Waters was a genius for this film. Humour at its most twisted.
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on 18 March 2015
Great film.
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