New Line Cinema, 1981, 85 minutes
Starring Divine, Tab Hunter, Edith Massey, David Samson, Mary Garlington, Ken King, Mink Stole

John Waters Polyester

In the first Waters film with a big budget ($300k!), he gives us Divine as 300 lb. alcoholic housewife Francine Fishpaw, whose suburban dream home turns into a house of horror.

Her remorseless husband runs a porn theater and flaunts his affair with trashy secretary Sandra Sullivan - played by Mink Stole - in Bo Derek braids and "the finest in Polyester!" Francine's daughter Lulu is a slut who only dates punks. Son Dexter is a popper-sniffing punk with a foot-stomping fetish. And her mother, Leroux is a real bitch!

Mink Stole in Polyester

Everything seems to be going wrong for Francine, but then she meets her dream lover Todd Tomorrow, played by former teen dream Tab Hunter. Everything starts looking up, but what is that stench in the air? It's ODORAMA!

Francine has an extremely sensitive sense of smell. So Waters gives the audience a chance to experience what Francine does, through the magic of Odorama, a scratch-n-sniff card featuring 10 spots, cued to be scratched at specific times during the film. The odors range from sublime to repulsive, because in life, somethings just plain stink!

John Waters Hairspray

Unfortunately, this is Edith Massey's last and most touching performance as the "retarded" maid-turned-millionare, Cuddles. Her optimism and naivete are the perfect counterpoint to Francine's traumas.


A Dirty Shame
Cecil B. Demented
Serial Mom
Cry Baby
Desperate Living
Female Trouble
Pink Flamingos
Multiple Maniacs
Mondo Trasho
Dorothy the Kansas City Pothead
The Diane Linkletter Story
Eat Your Makeup
Roman Candles
Hag In A Black Leather Jacket

Divine Trash & In Bad Taste
This Filthy World
I Am Divine
Love Letter To Edie

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