Saturday, 9 March 2013

Pink Flamingos - Lisa's Review

*** SPOILERS ***

So to review the oddest, strangest movie I have ever watched.  As I write, I'm not even sure how I'm going to proceed or do this, but here we go....

We follow our star Divine who has been named 'The filthiest person alive'.  This seems to be a title much sought after and one Divine is very proud of.  She is living under the name Babs Johnson in a trailer-park with her very odd and over sexed son Crackers, a friend Cotton and wierdest of all, her mother, who seems to be mentally ill and spends all her time partially dressed in a playpen in the living room.  All she seems to do in the movie is talk about eggs, how much she loves eggs, how she wants to eat eggs.... you get the drift.

For reasons best known to themselves, a married couple Raymond and Connie Marble wish to be the filthiest people alive so they seek to find out where Divine is living to destroy her.  This couple run an adoption agency with a difference.  They kidnap and keep hostage young women and their gay servant Channing (yes I said gay) is forced to rape them to impregnate them.  The resulting babies are then given to lesbian couples.  As you can imagine this gives for some rather questionable scenes.  In one scene Channing, so disgusted with having to sleep with these women, masturbates in front of one woman before sucking up the produced semen in a syringe and artifically inseminating an unconscious woman.  This is much more preferable to him than having to have sex with them.

I don't see the point of going into the full storyline of the movie as it is very warped, very odd and won't convince or unconvince you to watch this movie.  What I will say is that it appeared to me to be nothing more than an attempt to put what would have been considered the most shocking and repugnant things possible on screen for the era it was made (70's).

We see Divine being sent feces in a box, a chicken being crushed in a sexual encounter between Cracker and a young woman sent as a spy by The Marbles (incidentally this is completely real and the animal was subsequently eaten by the crew as its neck was broken in the scene), an extended and very close-up shot of a man whose sphincter can lip-sync, Divine going down on her son Cracker (it seems the actor had a bit of difficulty rising to the occasion by the looks of things too) but probably most famous of all, as the movie ends, Divine is shown to walk over to a dog who is defecating.  She picks up the warm feces and proceeds to eat it and then smile to the camera.  Lovely!

If you're the type of person who would enjoy this movie, reading the above will make you want to watch it with no more information from me.  If however you have no interest in watching this movie, I doubt any further plunging into the storyline is going to change much.

What did I think?  Well Asides from the chicken part which I absolutely hated, I don't really see what all the fuss is about.  The sphincter bit is definately a new one on me and amusing, but the rest of the movie just seemed to be trying too hard to shock while showing things that were... well,  just not that shocking.

I wouldn't go so far as to say avoid as its probably one of those you have to see just to check it off the list, if only for the singing bum, but its definately not one I would watch again or recommend.

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