Female Trouble is a very funny film about glamour and crime starring Divine as the one and only Dawn Davenport. A bratty, misunderstood high-school girl, Dawn runs away from home in her nightgown and slippers after a violent outburst on Christmas morn and so begins her rollercoaster ride of a life. The story follows Dawn as she endures an unwanted pregnancy, resulting in the vulgar birth of her ungrateful daughter, Taffy. Later in the film, Taffy is played to the hilt by Mink Stole.
To support herself, Dawn becomes a career girl, go-go dancing and stealing TVs with her girlfriends Chicklette and Concetta (Susan Walsh and Cookie Mueller). And they all get their gigantic hairdos created at the Lipstick Beauty Salon, run by Donald and Donna Dasher (David Lochary and Mary Vivian Pearce).
Dawn falls for heterosexual hairdresser Gator (Danny Mills), nephew of crotchety neighbor Ida Nelson (Edith Massey). Ida wishes Gator was queer and despises Dawn for marrying him. Meanwhile, Gator's employers, the Dashers take a special liking to Ms. Davenport , encouraging her to experiment with glamour by mainlining liquid eyeliner and committing crimes. Dawn eventually goes mad, resulting in much violence and little beauty.
Female Trouble is my favorite of my midnight movies. And there are people who saw Female Trouble who said, 'You sold out; you tried to cross over.' It's hard to imagine, but they did say that, because after Pink Flamingos I never tried to top myself. But if I hadn't moved on, I wouldn't be working today. - John Waters
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