HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Watch List
Giraffe
Kat and the Band
Echo
Perfect 10
Octaman
Red Penguins
China Syndrome, The
Babyteeth
Round-Up, The
Around the Sun
Once There Was Brasilia
Peripheral
Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street
Ice
She Demons
Good Girls, The
Hail, Hero!
Faces in the Crowd
Tamango
Traitor, The
Tomorrow
Third Generation, The
Saxon Charm, The
Spy Intervention
Moonrise
Mulan
Killer with a Thousand Eyes, The
Vigil, The
Liberation of L.B. Jones, The
Wizard of Baghdad, The
Ride
Good Manners
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo
Sweet Home
Big Score, The
Siddhartha
Three Outlaw Samurai
Echoes of Fear
Guinea Pig, The
   
 
Newest Articles
For God's Sake Strap Yourselves Down: Flash Gordon on 4K UHD Collector's Edition
Party Hard: Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure on Blu-ray
Network On Air: Nights in with ABC 2 - Your Faces are All Blurred!
Eve Knew Her Apples: The Lady Eve on Blu-ray
Network On Air: Tempo - Gallery One
Network On Air: Nights In with ABC 1 - Welcome Once Again to Manchester!
Transformative Apocalypses: Phase IV and Southland Tales
The Happiest Days of Their Lives: The Guinea Pig on Blu-ray
Faced Poe: Three Edgar Allan Poe Adaptations Starring Bela Lugosi on Blu-ray
Hard Luck, Buster: The Cameraman on Blu-ray
At the Hop: Mr. Vampire on Blu-ray
Divine Madness: Female Trouble on Blu-ray
Country Matters: Further Out of Town on Blu-ray
Bat-Damn: Was Joel Schumacher's Batman Really That Bad?
The Beat Goes On: Takeshi Kitano Collection on Blu-ray
Dream Treats: Scorsese Shorts on Blu-ray
It's Only Money: Laughter in Paradise on Blu-ray
A Regular Terpsichore: Dance, Girl, Dance on Blu-ray
Teenage Trauma: Baby Love on Blu-ray
The Happening: Pet Shop Boys It Couldn't Happen Here on Blu-ray
Who Watched The Watchmen?
The Golden Age of Colonic Irrigation: Monty Python Series 4 on Blu-ray
Lady of Pleasure: Lola Montes on Blu-ray
Take You to the Gay Bar: Funeral Parade of Roses on Blu-ray
Hit for Ms: Mark Cousins' Women Make Film on Blu-ray
   
 
  Female Trouble A Woman Scorned
Year: 1974
Director: John Waters
Stars: Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Mink Stole, Edith Massey, Cookie Mueller, Susan Walsh, Michael Potter, Ed Peranio, Paul Swift, George Figgs, Susan Lowe, George Hulse
Genre: Comedy, TrashBuy from Amazon
Rating:  7 (from 1 vote)
Review: This is the tale of the chequered life of Dawn Davenport (Divine). We commence with her teenage years, where she was still at school and rejecting the idea of doing homework out of hand, preferring to apply hairspray to her crowning glory. After being caught in class eating an enormous meatball sandwich, she was duly punished but didn't care because when she received the cha-cha heels she wanted for Christmas she was going to leave her parents far behind and be famous. Dawn gets her wish, but not in the manner she anticipated...

Female Trouble was the follow up to writer and director John Waters' Pink Flamingos, and if it hasn't stuck in the popular consciousness more strongly it's not because it's a lesser film. It doesn't have the most talked about ending in trash cinema, true, but at least the jokes are more consistent, as if Waters was really getting the hang of this filmmaking lark. Featuring the regular cast of these works, with David Lochary appearing for the last time, as usual with the early ones Waters was lucky to get performances from his actors that may have given new meaning to the word shrill, but at least showed they knew what was required of them - and Divine is as remarkable as he ever was.

It's easy to provide a list of highlights (or lowlights, depending on your point of view), but nothing here quite beats the sight of an affronted Dawn stomping her Christmas presents in rage when she doesn't get the cha-cha heels she wanted, and to top it all she flings the tree on top of her distraught mother. After that, there's one of the most novel sex scenes in movie history, where the running-away-from-home Dawn is picked up by a sleazy motorist and ends up being screwed by him on a mattress on a patch of wasteground - or he does when he eventually takes his trousers off. What makes this all the more unusual is that Divine is also playing the motorist, so is effectively having sex with himself.

After having the baby, we settle into the next phase of our anti-heroine's life where she gets a job and looks around for a man. She finds him in the form of hairdresser Gater (Michael Potter), whose Aunt Ida (the inimitable Edith Massey) is upset due to her wanting him to be gay... she will have her revenge. Episodic is the word for Waters' storyline, as he jumps forward yet again to see Dawn turning to crime and becoming friendly with beauticians Donald Dasher (Lochary) and his wife Donna (Mary Vivian Pearce) who want to snap photos of Dawn breaking the law in the name of beauty. And so it goes on, too much of it actually, as if Waters was so in love with his material that he didn't know when to stop. It is outrageous, and occasionally hilarious (Dawn's nightclub act that sees her gleefully trampolining and ripping a telephone directory in half), and resembles a twisted Joan Crawford or Lana Turner melodrama (Dawn has a bratty daughter - Mink Stole - who turns Hare Krishna to infuriate her) on a tiny budget. With Dawn as finally the only character with integrity, the filmmaker's purity of vision is quite something, marking him out as a true auteur.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 3269 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 

John Waters  (1946 - )

Witty American writer/director, the chief proponent of deliberate bad taste in American films. His early efforts are little more than glorified home movies, including Mondo Trasho and Multiple Maniacs, but with the notorious Pink Flamingos Waters found his cult audience.

Female Trouble and Desperate Living continued in the same vein, while Polyester showed a mellowing of Waters' style. Hairspray was an unexpected hit, followed by Cry-Baby, Serial Mom, Pecker, Cecil B. Demented and A Dirty Shame. Waters often casts the same actors, but Divine was his true superstar.

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star is the best at shouting?
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Brian Blessed
Tiffany Haddish
Steve Carell
Olivia Colman
Captain Caveman
Sylvester Stallone
Gerard Butler
Samuel L. Jackson
Bipasha Basu
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Darren Jones
Paul Smith
Andrew Pragasam
  Lee Fiveash
  Mick Stewart
Enoch Sneed
  Dsfgsdfg Dsgdsgsdg
   

 

Last Updated: