My Favorite John Waters Films

* * * * (Out of * * * *)

1.   Pink Flamingos (1972)

2.   Female Trouble (1974)

3.   Hairspray (1988)

* * * 1/2 (Out of * * * *)

1.   Multiple Maniacs (1970)

2.   Desperate Living (1977)

3.   Polyester (1981)

9 thoughts on “My Favorite John Waters Films

  1. It must be over 20 years since I first saw Cry-Baby on Moviedrome. Looking at your selections I wonder why John Waters has directed so few films over the last 20 years. I’m not sure if he’s even planning or hoping to make another one, but if he did, how great would it be if he reunited with some of the of the many actors whose careers he helped to launch?

  2. I’m a big fan of Hairspray. I love the way that Divine is so conservative in the film and what a great dancer Ricki Lake is. I love the family name Turnblat and how the film is a love letter to his native Baltimore.

  3. Since Cry-Baby first premiered on Moviedrome back in the summer of 1993, I would say 25 years. As of 2018, the last film John Waters wrote and directed was A Dirty Shame, which came out in 2004. As for a reunion film, the only sad part about that is Divine can not be a part of it because he has been dead since 1988 😦 For me, he personified everything a John Waters should be. Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

  4. As I said to Paul, my favorite Waters films tend to be his work with Divine because he just made them so delightful 🙂 Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

  5. The fact that Hairspray is John Waters only PG-rated film makes it the most shocking thing he has ever done 🙂 One of the most interesting things about Divine’s portrayal of Edna Turnblad is that unlike Divine’s other female characters, his character here is that of a normal woman, who in this case is both a loving mother and housewife. I do not know If you knew this, but Divine plays an out of drag role in Hairspray as well. In this case, he also plays the racist and sexist owner of the Television station that carries “The Corny Collins Show.” He did the same thing in Female Trouble. In drag, he played the lead character Dawn Davenport and out of drag, he played Earl Peterson, the truck driver who gets her pregnant. I do not know If you ever saw that one, but it is pretty funny. Anyway, thanks for dropping by and keep those comments coming 🙂

  6. Yes I knew Divine doubled up in Hairspray. I watched a little of Female Trouble but I had to bail out. It’s a little too raunchy for me. Ha! Divine was a great talent, though.

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