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583 Ratings

Desperate Living

Directed by John Waters
United States, 1977
Comedy, Crime, Fantasy


A rich housewife enlists her maid’s help to murder her husband; they go on the lam and end up in Mortville, a homeless community built into a garbage dump.

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Desperate Living Directed by John Waters

Critics reviews

But the spectacle of Mole McHenry removing his/her appendage with the help of pruning shears and a hungry dog in DESPERATE LIVING isn’t merely disgusting. It’s also in genuinely bad taste. Uniquely bad taste. Which is why, even after decades of witless, raunchy comedies and solemnly bloody torture porn, Waters’ masterpiece still makes us feel dirty. God bless the Pope of Trash.
April 26, 2013
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