A suburban housewife's world falls apart when her pornographer husband admits he's serially unfaithful to her, her daughter gets pregnant, and her son is suspected of being the foot-fetishist who's been breaking local women's feet.
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Francine Fishpaw is an upper middle class suburban housewife in Baltimore. Unfortunately for this "good Christian woman", the money to support her lifestyle comes from her husband's porno theater, the neighbors are protesting, her son is the notorious "Baltimore Stomper", her daughter is knocked up by a local hoodlum, and her husband is having an affair with his secretary. Written by
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According to show-business trade paper Variety, Tab Hunter "finally enters the picture after a full hour has elapsed". See more »
In the opening scene in the living room, as the Fishpaws are arguing, a boom mic is visible. This was corrected for later DVD releases. See more »
Oh Elmer, that dog stinks to high heaven. You'll be permeated by his odor.
Yeah? Well, this whole world stinks, Francine, so get used to it! You and that big nose of yours are startin' to get on my nerves. Snortin' around the place like a goddamned anteater. I've about had it with you. Gimme that drink! Hurry up!
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During the credits, the title song "Polyester" describes the action seen on screen, leading the audience through a helicopter shot of the suburbs into Francine's house (commenting on its French Provincial decor) and upstairs to meet her. See more »
I had heard so much about this film that i was ecstatic to finally watch it. I thought it was brilliant and of Water's best. But it still took me a while to get to that conclusion. A lot of reviews and even the theatrical trailer lead you to believe the main plot is about Todd Tomorrow and Francine's relationship whereas that doesn't really come in until about the last 25 minutes(literally!). Still, i really enjoyed the performances, writing, acting, and the famed gimmick. Francine Fishpaw(Divine, in his best performance) is a suffering housewife. Her daughter is having an abortion, her son is a glue-sniffing foot stomper and her husband is a cheating porno theater owner. The only good thing in her life is her darling friend Cuddles(Edith Massey, in a memorable final performance) who recently inherited a lot of money and is now a millionaire. The film deals with all of Francine's problems including her disgusting husband who is constantly playing pranks on Francine with his slut secretary(John Waters regular Mink Stole, in a scene stealing performance) and the porno picketeers who stay outside. Francine also has a rather unlucky smelling sense and can smell stuff(mostly bad stuff) from almost miles away. Of course, these smells are dealt with by the infamous 'Odorama' card(I'd love to see Waters' use this more in other films) which can sometimes be quite repellant. The acting of this film was quite fabulous. Divine, Edith Massey and Mink Stole are all brilliant with co-stars also giving their memorable contributions. Tab Hunter is intentionally cheesy and over the top as Todd Tomorrow and it works! Of course, the scene where Francine and Todd meet at a car accident scene is one of the best scenes in the movie and should be remembered for years to come(Especially for the new car smell, one of the few good smells in the movie). All in all, this is one of Waters best despite the story somewhat falling apart in the end(Even John Waters admits "One more rewrite wouldn't have hurt" in the DVD commentary).
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