Female Trouble


This film is rated NC-17, no one 17 or under will be admitted.

Glamour has never been more grotesque than in John Waters’ hilarious trash epic Female Trouble, which injects the Hollywood melodrama with anarchic decadence.

Female Trouble has the exuberance and energy of genius … insanely logical and horribly funny!” – Interview Magazine

The fabulous Divine, writer/director Waters’ larger-than-life muse, engulfs the screen with charisma as Dawn Davenport, the living embodiment of the film’s lurid mantra, “Crime is beauty,” who progresses from a teenage nightmare hell-bent on getting cha-cha heels for Christmas to an out-of-control fame monster whose egomaniacal impulses, questionable parenting skills and murderous blood lust land her in the electric chair. Shot in Waters’ native Baltimore on 16 mm, with a cast drawn from his beloved troupe of regulars, the Dreamlanders (including Mink Stole, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Edith Massey, and Cookie Mueller), this film­—the director’s favorite of his work with Divine—comes to life through the garish, tinsel-toned vision of production designer Vincent Peranio and costume designer/makeup artist Van Smith. An endlessly quotable fan favorite (“Nice girls don’t wear cha-cha heels!”), Female Trouble offers up a smorgasbord of perverse pleasures that never fail to satisfy. (Dir. by John Waters, 1974, USA, 89 mins., Rated NC-17)