Female Trouble | Chicago Reader

Female Trouble

This 1975 feature is the best John Waters movie prior to Hairspray and his ultimate concerto for the 300-pound transvestite Divine, whose character will do literally anything—including commit mass murder—to become famous. As in all of Waters's early outrages, the technique is cheerfully ramshackle, but Divine's rage and energy make it vibrate like a sustained aria, with a few metaphors about the beauty of crime borrowed from Jean Genet. With Edith Massey and Mink Stole, as well as some doubling on the part of Divine that allows the star to have sexual congress with himself, giving birth to . . . guess who?



  • John Waters


  • 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
  • Roland Hertz
  • Betty Woods
  • Hilary Taylor
  • Channing Wilroy
  • Seymour Avigdor
  • Elizabeth Coffey


  • John Waters
  • Leroy Morais
  • James McKenzie

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