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.
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!
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.
RIP Divine. Not only is this one of Water's best, but Divine's as well. The utter ridiculous of it pushes itself into the minds of all lovers of art and cinema. Although Hairspray is my favourite John Waters film, and indeed favourite film outright, this film comes a very close second.