I FUCKING LOVE COLOURING
Filmed in ODORAMA
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.
God bless John Waters. Even his relative move into the mainstream is filled with abortion talk, Moral Majority parody, throwback '50s hooliganism, Medici-level intra-family scheming for power, and more. Divine is just wonderful as the frumpy housewife trying to keep a lid on her hell family's mania.
The films of John Waters are definitely some of the most bewildering there are. The 70's spawned a lot of different directors around the world, and Waters was one of them, making the raunchy and trashy "Pink flamingos". Polyester is not as 'filthy' as the latter, but maintains that strange style that Waters goes for with his films.
It is good that he lessens down the scale of nudity and disgusting imagery, and tries to balance the film out more as just a wild comedy, and that is what it is. The story follows a housewife (Divine), whose married to a pornographer and her children are off the chain, with her son becoming known for breaking women's feet in the…
I am kinda glad I didn't have the odorama card. I wouldn't've been able to resist scratching and sniffing it, and I know I would have regretted it. John Waters nails the satire of suburban life, taking his ramped up, twisted, campy look at it and turning it into a weirdly scathing homage.
I'm a huge, huge John Waters fan, but I've never dug Polyester all that much for some reason. I rewatched it tonight, having not seen it for many years, at a cinema, and yes, with the infamous Odorama card. Perhaps it was watching it with a crowd, or the anticipation of the Odorama numbers, but I loved the shit out of Polyester this time around. I always looked down upon Polyester as being awkwardly stuck between the hysterical early filth from Waters and his more mainstream efforts that followed. I obviously had not fully appreciated just how hilarious and sick the suburban satire of it is. The screaming nuns taking pregnant girls on a hayride, the foot stomping, Divine's insanely…
The oddball characters and preposterous plot exude no charm, only serving to bore and confound. The movie is firmly rooted in the early 80s and a lot of the humour just doesn't resonate to a first-time viewer in 2014. I feel as though Waters conceived of the Odorama gimmick before he had any vague idea of the narrative. Odorama was not an appendage of the film; the film was an appendage of Odorama. I'm really disappointed by this film, seeing as I loved Pink Flamingos, the only other Waters film I've seen.
There’s a scene somewhere in Polyester where a family’s pet dog hangs itself from the refrigerator, suicide note written sloppily on a piece of cardboard with god-knows-what and all, in an attempt to escape an ugly scene that keeps on escalating in the household that involves the attempted suicide of others, as well as lots of screaming from Francine, the mother of the house. This is one image that won’t sit right with a lot of people; particularly dog lovers and the many sane individuals of the world. Luckily, and gladly I might add, I’m not the latter. It’s a rather shocking and twisted image, but it’s also one of the many scenes in this gem (with a capital “G”)…
John Waters' "Polyester" was an attempt by the Prince of Puke to present a gentler motion picture than the ones he was infamous for making in the 1970's. He only half succeeds, and we are grateful for that. A riot from begging to end. The casting of Tab Hunter was genius.
This movie is a 100% accurate depiction of middle class suburbia and in no way a parody. 5 star documentary.
Over-the-top doesn't even begin to describe Polyester. Easily one of the most bizarre films I have ever seen...and I absolutely loved it!
On a side note this movie contains the greatest suicide ever put to film.
Charlie Chaplin once said that real life in long-shot is comedy. Roy Andersson applies this principle with academic zeal, while Keaton works it into his facial physiognomy. John Waters dismisses it altogether. His movies are anarchist stinkbombs laid at the foundation of the American suburbs. Their interest in unloveable misfits is confrontational, cartoonish, and often in close-up. A Waters film is almost always pretty spotty, but his first big(ger) budget picture, "Polyester," strikes the best balance between the X-rated insanity of his earlier films and the accessibility of "Hairspray" and "Serial Mom." The one-liner count is off the charts, and Divine gives basically the performance of a lifetime, proving once and for all that s/he is the cinema's finest comedienne.
Polyester is the first John Waters film I bought. I have most likely seen this the most of his work, and it features most of my favorite quotes by him. This is also the most interesting of his features in my opinion. This is the last feature before he went more Hollywood with Hairspray and it features a lot of experimentation by Water's (for example, the lighting). Divine even changes it up, playing a very different character than her usual work at that point. I love Polyester and I love John Waters .
John Waters's comedy version of Blue Velvet! Not in a parodic way though. As in if someone had to make Blue Velvet a lot less darker and funny, the result is Polyester! I found this one very entertaining and fun! I'm glad Divine got to star in this one.
This film is so many kinds of great, I don't even know where to start. I was super-happy to see Edith Massey again; Edith Massey is the best. She's just so sincere about everything she does. And this movie has so many ups and downs, I'm sort of glad I watched it parts. I sort of want to say that Divine outdoes her own performance from Pink Flamingos here, especially that part at the end where she's just gibbering. Some of her line deliveries make me think of Pee-Wee Herman? Same pop culture background, I guess.
"Polyester" is another wicked skewering of suburbia from John Waters. Divine plays a sad housewife with a cheating husband, a promiscuous daughter, and a sociopathic son. Her marriage crumbles and she spirals into alcoholism, and then she's wooed by a handsome stranger (played by Tab Hunter). Is this a dream come true? Oh so fiendishly funny, and I enjoyed it thoroughly.
Everything in the movie is over the top
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