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Female Trouble (1974)

NC-17  |   |  Comedy, Crime  |  28 March 1984 (France)
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A spoiled school-girl runs away from home, gets pregnant while hitch-hiking, and ends up as a fashion model for a pair of beauticians who like to photograph women committing crimes.



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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated NC-17 for explicit sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 March 1984 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Rotten Mind, Rotten Face  »

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$25,000 (estimated)

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| (16 mm) | (original length)

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(2001 re-release)|


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Crazy Credits

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John Waters' Masterpiece!
31 December 2003 | by (Eugene, Oregon) – See all my reviews

This film is my favorite of all time! All of the great elements of John Waters' films mesh together perfectly in this hilarious romp that operates around the theme of 'crime is beauty.' All of the classic John Waters' actors are here, and most of them give their best performances. John Waters has said that this film is the 'ultimate Divine vehicle', and he's right. Her look literally changes every ten minutes as she mutates from a teenage hair hopper with an attitude to an unwed, abusive mother, to crime fashion model to death row inmate. Divine also has a small male role as the father of her own illegitimate child. Edith Massey, my personal favorite actress, gives her funniest and best realized performance as Aunt Ida, the bitter, veangful fag hag who lives next door. This is not the most accesible of Waters' films, and truthfully, this probably isn't the one to start with if you're not yet a fan (I would recommend Polyester or Hairspray in that case), but if you want to see an early work thats not quite as gross as the others, check it out! Waters himself says that this is his favorite of his underground films.

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