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Pink Flamingos: 25th Anniversary (DVD) (WS)
Filmmaker John Waters exploded into infamy with this darkly comic classic, in which cross-dresser Divine stars as Babs Johnson, a criminal in hiding from the FBI in a trailer outside of Baltimore, Maryland. Accompanying Babs are her mother (Edith Massey), a dim-witted woman who is obsessed with eggs; her son Crackers (Danny Mills); and Cotton (Mary Vivian Pierce), Babs's "travelling companion" and Crackers' co-conspirator in unwholesome play.]]>
- Deleted scenes with introduction by John Waters
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The action begins when Connie and Raymond Marble (Mink Stole and David Lochary, respectively) become involved in a huge fight with Babs Johnson, a.k.a. Divine (Divine) over who is the filthiest person alive. The Marbles even hire a spy, Cookie (Cookie Mueller) to get them the dirt (no pun intended) on Divine and her family. Divine lives in a broken down trailer home in the woods. Divine's crazy son Crackers (Danny Mills), her mentally challenged, egg loving mother Edie (Edith Massey) and her good friend Cotton (Mary Vivian Pearce) live with her.
The Marbles start to torture Divine and her family not just with a spy but also with the lovely (ahem) package they send to Divine--a piece of "number two." Of course it's only a matter of time before Divine and her family attack the Marble's home; and The Marbles attack Divine's home.
Be prepared--this is no movie for the squeamish. There are scenes of (ahem) rather unusual modes of love making, human mutilation, and there's the infamous scene at the end in which Divine eats a dog's you-know-what. Actually, the last scene is so talked about it came off as slightly less (well, very slightly less) repugnant than I thought it would be.
The movie was made on a very, very low budget, so if you want great cinematography and choreography, look elsewhere. I would suppose, however, that the choreography works well in crowd scenes including the scene in which everybody at Divine's birthday party attacks the police.
The DVD comes with a 12 minute 25th anniversary extra that gives us deleted scenes from the movie; and we get the original theatrical trailer as well.
Overall, Pink Flamingos may not be as bad as they say it is--I rather liked it. Sure, it's a tad gross at times; but it's all in good fun. This movie should appeal to adults who can handle creative movies that are clearly out of the mainstream.
Thank you, John Waters!
My husband ordered this movie so that I could watch this - "One of the worst rated movies. You should check this out.". Warning: it is graphic. Quite a shocker for the first time viewer, but not too terribly bad (at least watch it once?). I like it now, but it can still be gut-wrenching. Wonderful soundtrack to the movie too.
But now, this kind of shock treatment is pretty well passe, if not just tasteless. Of course that's its intent. That being said, Devine is at her finest.