Movies that are slightly off.
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.
Me: "You know, we've been dating six weeks, and except for one all the movies we've seen together have been John Waters movies."
Mitch: "I don't see the problem."
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…
The sweet smell of success. [35mm]
“The Baltimore of Polyester is a wondrously delirious place, full of odd characters and strange circumstances. From the nuns at the unwed mothers’ home that Lu-Lu is sent to, who force the pregnant women in their care to participate in a hayride in the middle of a thunderstorm, to the older choir woman who commandeers a bus in order to chase down the delinquents who swatted her as they drove by (ending with her stopping their escape by biting a hole in their vehicle’s tire), every person is an exaggerated caricature of reality. Hyperbole is Waters’ currency, and Polyester is one of the most accessible of his films for a mainstream audience.”
Like David Lynch if David Lynch cut loose, cranking the subtext and irony of works like Blue Velvet and Twin Peaks to levels so powerful we can, well, smell it. Howlingly great, even if the olfactory element left much to be desired.
Wow this movie is boring.
I watched this John Waters movie at the Cinema Museum as part of the Vito Project.
Funny but not grotesque - probably not one of his best movies but still distinctive enough.
Divine is almost sweet as Francine, Deborah Harry contributes to the soundtrack and the infamous "odorama" (scratch and sniff card) all add cult value
Full of purposeful absurdities (even the family pet kills itself) this is a critique of the "moral superiority" of suburban life in its prudish judgemental worst.
meant to watch tons of movies on this european trip but so far just this one. it's funny fyi.
Ridiculously funny genre spoof of Douglas Sirk-type dramas.
#7 on my list TELL ME WHAT TO WATCH AND I'LL TELL YOU WHAT I THINK.
Suggested by Jayce Fryman
I understand the point of the film; to be completely repulsive and to show the horrible smell of life. However, for me, it didn't really do anything. There was no feeling of unpleasantness, which I was expecting. Rather I was indifferent towards the whole thing. I didn't find the humor really that comical; the only time I chuckled was when the dog committed suicide. I did find Divine to be entertaining, and I enjoyed the over the top, farcical performances, but I would not call it hilarious.
Does this mean I have "bad bad taste"? To quote John Waters. I…
This is...ODORAMA. Funny little John Waters romp. I love its ridiculousness and I quote this movie quite often. I love Divine and I can't help feel bad for his character Francine. Edith Massey is hilarious as Francine's friend Cookie and she is my favorite character from the film. She's so oblivious and detached from every conversation she has, it's hilarious.
"Oh Heintz, she's straight from the gutter!"
"At first I thought he was walking his dog. Then I realized, it was his date."
"Purr, Francine! Purr, purr Francine!"
I don't understand how that was just consistently hysterical for the entire run time
What's really going on in that neighbourhood?