Francine is a desperate housewife whose life is completely crumpling around her. Her husband, Elmer, runs a pornographic movie theater and while he isn't fighting with the neighborhood protestors, he is sleeping with his secretary, Sandra. Francine's daughter, Lulu, is a massive slut who spends most of her time with her juvenile delinquent boyfriend Bobo. If this wasn't enough already, Francine's son, Dexter, is a glue-sniffing sociopath with a real fetish for woman's feet. Francis life is beyond miserable until Todd Tomorrow, a handsome owner of a local drive-in, enters into the equation. John Water's Polyester is a hysterical black comedy that works as a love letter to the melodrama's of the 1950s. Compared to Water's previous work, Pink Flamingos and Desperately Living, Polyester is a more accessible piece of filmmaking with less grotesque humor. Polyester still feels very much part of Water's other gross-out absurdities but it has a more simplistic structure and narrative, at least by comparison. During its initial release the film was presented in "Odorama", where audience members were presented with 10 snatch-and-sniff patches to smell throughout the running time. Divine has never been better than here, playing Francine in a frantic but very sympathetic way. She is an extremely kind woman who is treated like garbage at every turn and Divine pulls off this performance extremely well. Maintaining John Water's subversive qualities, Polyester is a very funny and energetic experience that pays homage and parodies the complex melodramas of 1950s.
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