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Female Trouble

(Rated R18)

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"Nice girls don't wear cha-cha heels."

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To celebrate John Waters' appearance at the Sydney Opera House in October, it's time to revisit the sordid, snarky treats Female Trouble and Serial Mom from the cherished 'Pope of Trash'. When her parents refuse to gift her a pair of cha-cha heels for Christmas, spoiled schoolgirl Dawn Davenport (Divine) runs away from home and falls into a life of debauched delinquency. She gets pregnant while hitch-hiking, poses as a glamorous fashion model and becomes a seasoned criminal before her inevitable rendezvous with the long arm of the law. Co-starring Cookie Mueller, Mink Stole, and the legendary Edith Massey, this film is perhaps the most wonderfully vulgar coming-of-age tale put to celluloid.

Why You Should See This Film

Composed, filmed, edited, written, produced and directed by John Waters, Female Trouble practically glistens with the greasy fingerprints of its one-of-a-kind creator. Dedicated to Manson Family member Charles “Tex” Watson — his story reportedly inspired the film’s “crime is beauty” theme — and riffing on everything from Diane Arbus photography to United States capital punishment law, there’s not another movie like it. Bring your family, your friends and your wig for this special one-off screening.

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  • Year: 1974
  • Rating: R18
  • Director: John Waters
  • Cast: Divine, Cookie Mueller, Edith Massey, Mink Stole
  • Duration: 89 minutes
  • Language: English
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