Loving wife and mother Francine Fishpaw (Divine) can barely cope: her husband is a smut monger, her son is criminally insane, and her daughter is knocked up. Then faded dreamboat Tab Hunter shows up to seduce Francine and take her away, like Calgon--except that he's scheming to extort her every penny. With a legitimate budget and professional production values, Polyester may be toned down from the rawness of Waters' earlier work. But the film was successfully marketed with Odorama technology, allowing audience members to scratch and sniff foul stenches at the appropriate moments. Presented in Odorama with keepsake cards. 1981, U.S., 85 minutes.
THE WALKER'S PRESENTATION OF JOHN WATERS: SHOCK VALUE IS MADE POSSIBLE WITH GENEROUS SUPPORT FROM THE REGIS FOUNDATION.