John Waters’ film “Pink Flamingos” is just as shocking, transgressive, and downright filthy today as it was when it came out in 1972. It’s pretty much the opposite of a children’s movie.
So of course Waters himself has decided to re-edit the film to make it acceptable for an audience that’s not old enough for a PG-13 movie. For an upcoming show at a New York gallery, Waters re-made his cult classic into a 74-minute G-rated version starring a friend’s 6 and 10-year-old kids in the place of Edith Massey and Divine. He also cut out some of the more, um, scandalous scenes. In one notorious scene, for example, two characters have sex while crushing a live chicken between them. In the G-rated version, Waters told the Baltimore Sun, this scene becomes about bad table manners.
But what of the dismembering, barfing, castrating, and more that make up the rest of the movie? “I hope [sanitizing the story] makes it even more perverse,” Waters told the Sun. Waters has long discussed his desire to make a children’s Christmas movie called “Fruitcake,” but he’s had difficulties raising funds. Maybe this is his way of making a children’s movie on his own terms. “Kiddie Flamingos” will run at the Marianne Boesky Gallery from Jan. 9 to Feb. 14.
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