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1,103 Ratings

Female Trouble

Directed by John Waters
United States, 1974
Comedy, Crime


A spoiled schoolgirl runs away from home, gets pregnant while hitchhiking, and ends up as a fashion model for a pair of beauticians who like to photograph women committing crimes.

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Female Trouble Directed by John Waters

Critics reviews

Waters smashes the bowdlerizing codes of Hollywood morality with self-consciously delirious parodies of classic Hollywood genres and tropes; 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 14, 2018
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For me, the passing of 44 years hasn’t improved any of the secondary cast’s atrocious acting, but once Divine’s gusto and Waters’ writing manage to persuade us to overlook such irritants it’s all clear sailing.
September 28, 2018
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Despite its Wellesian hands-on auteurism, Female Trouble succeeds spectacularly not only because it is a John Waters movie but also because it is undeniably a Divine movie, in the same way one might speak of a Bette Davis movie, a Marilyn Monroe movie, or a Jayne Mansfield movie.
June 26, 2018
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What are people saying?

  • Lucas Granero's rating of the film Female Trouble

    "El cine es un invento sin futuro", dijo uno de los Lumiere sin pensar de que su invento serviría para filmar esta exhibición de gloriosas atrocidades. Ver a Divine violarse a si mismo, a Mink Stole convertida en hare-krishna, a Edith Massey enjaulada y perdiendo un brazo y todos los otros momentos cumbres de este John Waters en su pico máximo de creatividad kitsch cuentan tanto como el tren llegando a la estación.

  • Renton47's rating of the film Female Trouble

    I honestly believe making 'good' bad taste is one of the most precarious talents in cinema. Today provocateurs are more concerned with insulting taboos, rather than, in their sick ways, celebrating them as an affront to normalcy. This is still transgressive, and it really stings when Dawn threatens to institutionalise her daughter. It's raw and pure, sicko cat nip. Shantay you stay.

  • FilmEdie's rating of the film Female Trouble

    In which we are introduced to one of the best lines in cinema history: "I wouldn't suck your lousy dick if I was suffocating and there was oxygen in your balls!" John Waters, as always, subverting everything that's subvertible about proscriptive middle-class normativity. Why be in the thrall of the depraved spectacle that is our society when you can BE the depraved spectacle in society! Yaass queen!

  • Rafael Zen's rating of the film Female Trouble

    Completely over the top, loud and chaotic, this low budget film shows the american underworld as filthy and magical as it probably is. Underacted,it is a hilarious tale about how low people can go. If I had to put Female Trouble in one unique category, it would have to be: Screamed Acting.

  • Harry Rossi's rating of the film Female Trouble

    What I took away from this movie is that I'm fashion = violence and that I'm going to lead a boring life because I'm heterosexual. God I love John Waters! This film actual does end up serving as a rather wonderful comment on our obsession with celebrity. The court scene was a bit long but the last shot was just wonderful. As always, completely outrageous, very sick and extremely funny. Loved it. Long live Divine.

  • Richmond Hill's rating of the film Female Trouble

    This is the one: dirty deluxe. A gloriously crude collision of punk aesthetic and perceptive social comment wrapped up in a hilariously funny gob in the face of every norm you could wish to savage. All at least ten years ahead of its time. Truly divine.

  • Anastasia's rating of the film Female Trouble

    maybe, the most disgusting masterpiece. so absurd and so ugly. the saddest one from Waters. i'm starting to understand where Solondz' palindromic vision of the world comes from.

  • Jason's rating of the film Female Trouble

    As a youngster, I think I saw FEMALE TROUBLE (a very fine woman's picture) before I saw PINK FLAMINGOS, and it is still the Divine vehicle that means the most to me (as it does Mr. Waters). I cannot help but think of Richard Hell's designation of a certain kind celebrity as the holy monster. My celebrity (once upon a time) was decidedly a microcelebrity, but I definitely had more than a little Dawn Davenport to me.

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