- Actors: Edith Massey, Tab Hunter, Divine, Mink Stole, David Samson
- Directors: John Waters
- Format: PAL, Widescreen, Subtitled, Surround Sound, Anamorphic
- Language: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 15
- Studio: Eiv
- DVD Release Date: 4 Feb. 2008
- Run Time: 83 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000VM8YEG
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,094 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Suburban housewife Francine Fishpaw (Divine) has a life from hell - her son is a glue-sniffing foot fetishist, her daughter is a tramp and her slobbish husband owns a porno cinema. When he leaves her for his sleazy secretary (Mink Stole), Francine hits the bottle - until happiness seems to beckon in the form of hunky Todd Tomorrow (Tab Hunter). John Waters spoofs the suburban melodrama in his first mainstream film.
Top customer reviews
Divine has never been better or funnier as the tragicomic Francine Fishpaw and is served by a superb script which milks every soap opera cliche for all its worth but sprinkles on some intelligent irony and a pacy narrative structure that makes the movie crackle along with true wit and sparkling performances. Tab Hunter is obviously enjoying himself immensely and in hamming it up to just the right proportions seems to be unwittingly experiencing a very novel way to come out of the closet.....
Stand out moments have to be Francine's daughter's experience in the abortion clinic - doesn't sound like a fun premise, but believe me its one of the funniest moments in all satiric cinema - and the revelation of her son's foot fetish which takes on a sadistic yet cartoonish nastiness that could only be accommodated in this kind of comedy.
A film to see again and again and one that never loses its exuberant hilarity!
It has Divine as Francine Fishpaw, a wife who is getting harrased by her neighbours, and her family. Her husband, owns an adult movie theatre, her son is a chemical-sniffin', foot stompin' psychopath, her daughter is a disobediant, teenage, delinquent. All of these things seem to be driving poor, poor Francine to an early grave. Until she meets Todd Tommorrow (Tab Hunter), who seems to be the perfect man for her....
This film has all the elements of John Waters' works: - Bad Acting, A Badly written script, and the American nightmare, in a normal suburb of Baltimore.
When the film was originally released in 1981, it came with Waters' patented "Odorama" cards, but, with this new video release, they are, sadly, absent. Leaving a lot of opital reframing, and jumpy cuts, within the whole movie.
This is an excuse just to see Divine, in a distraught, whining state. It's more nasty and spiteful, than sick and funny. It's not good entertainment, but it's watchable, in a good way.
I recommend the American version of the video more, for you get an "Odorama" card with it...