YMMV / Pink Flamingos

  • Crosses the Line so Many Times That We've Lost Count
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: Admit it, Edie's relationship with the egg man is pretty adorable. They even get married! Aww...
  • Cult Classic
  • Dancing Bear: Many watch it only because of how ridiculous it is.
  • Ear Worm: "Wine! Wine! Wine! ... Wine! Wine! Wine!"
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Imprisoning women in the basement is really hard to watch nowadays, especially considering the case of the man in Ohio who kidnapped three women and chained them in a room for ten years.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Kill everyone now! Condone first degree murder! Advocate cannibalism! Eat shit! Filth is my politics! Filth is my life!"
  • Nausea Fuel: The only purpose of this film. THE ONLY PURPOSE. In fact, screenings of the film even came with vomit bags. Waters has even gone on record saying the sound of barfing was the equivalent of a standing ovation.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: Pink Flamingos was one of the first films to feature extensive use of grossout humor and extreme Black Comedy.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Considering how the marketing seems to BRAG about the bad reviews, this may have been what Waters was going for...
  • Squick: Possibly the greatest concentration of squick in the history of cinema.
  • Tear Jerker: Yes, of all films! Admittedly, Divine's reaction to seeing her trailer, her home, burning, was quite the whiplash. She dropped to her knees, crying uncontrollably. Even in a World of Ham movie like this, the way she acted was still pretty damn convincing. Worse, after they vowed that the criminals will not make it out alive and leave, the scene ends with the shot of the trailer collapsing, literally burning down to the ground.
  • Values Dissonance: The Marbles are guilty of much evil, but many modern viewers probably aren't bothered that they adopt out babies to lesbian couples.
    • Seeing that the adoptive lesbians parents seem to be the most decent and grounded characters in the film, Waters may have been making a point about how ridiculous it would be to consider them inappropriate parents. Keep in mind, Waters and several other members of the cast and crew were homosexual or bisexual.
      • Also keep in mind that the babies were conceived via abduction and rape. Not to mention, the payments from the lesbian couples is used by the Marbles to finance heroin dealers who target inner-city elementary schools.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Played with. Waters said he was high while writing it, but not while making it.
    • On the other hand, he did say that, to save on catering, he gave everyone "some good speed" instead.
      • Also, during the party scene, Divine and a party guest are shown doing poppers.