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POLYESTER (1981) *** ½

This is one of John Waters’ best. It’s a warped ode to soap operas and Douglas Sirk melodramas. Divine is fantastic as Francine Fishpaw, a despondent housewife whose husband leaves her. Her only friend is her Nuevo Riche ex-housekeeper Cuddles (Edith Massey) who gets the movie’s best lines. Francine’s life goes from bad to worse when her daughter gets pregnant, her son becomes the infamous “Baltimore Foot Stomper” and her dog commits suicide! Things start looking up when a love blossoms with Todd Tomorrow (Tab Hunter). The performances are all great, but unfortunately it all ends abruptly and awkwardly. That shouldn’t stop you from seeing it though, especially since the DVD retains the “Odorama” gimmick where you’re given a card and when you see a number flash on the screen you scratch and sniff the card. You get to sniff everything from glue to gasoline and even a SKUNK! It also features music by Blondie’s Debbie Harry and Chris Stein (one song is sung by Bill Murray!). Co-starring Waters regulars Mink Stole and Mary Vivian Pearce and The Dead Boys’ frontman Stiv Bators. Waters did Hairspray next.
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