Better Housekeeping
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Filmmaker Frank Novak debuts with this wild satire about a white trash marriage that's coming apart at the seams. Fanatical toy collector Don (Bob Mills) and his Italian-born wife Donatella (Petra Westen) are so estranged from one another that they use their only child Don, Jr. (Andrew Eichner) as a go-between. The warring couple both still live in their rundown North Hollywood bungalow, even though their divorce court date is in only two weeks. Donatella is too afraid of losing all of her belongings to move out, while Don is using every trick in the book to drive her out. When he learns… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 44%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Plays like one long, meandering sketch inspired by the works of John Waters and Todd Solondz, rather than a fully developed story."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"The movie is ... very funny as you peek at it through the fingers in front of your eyes."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"With its cinema verite feel, Better Housekeeping manages to elicit the occasional surprised laugh."
‑ Marshall Fine, Journal News (Westchester, NY)
"Deliciously mean-spirited and wryly observant."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"'The War of the Roses,' trailer-trash style. Entertaining but like shooting fish in a barrel."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"As broad and cartoonish as the screenplay is, there is an accuracy of observation in the work of the director, Frank Novak, that keeps the film grounded in an undeniable social realism."
‑ Dave Kehr, New York Times
"Novak manages to capture a cruelly hilarious vein of black comedy in the situation with his cast of non-actors and a gritty, no-budget approach."
‑ Rich Cline, Film Threat
"As pure over-the-top trash, any John Waters movie has it beat by a country mile."
‑ Justin Hartung, Citysearch
"Novak contemplates a heartland so overwhelmed by its lack of purpose that it seeks excitement in manufactured high drama."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"The script lacks the sophistication that would motivate anyone but a Springer fan to keep watching in hopes that the battling couple would soon annihilate each other."
‑ , Orlando Weekly
"Too stupid to be satire, too obviously hateful to be classified otherwise, Frank Novak's irritating slice of lumpen life is as reliably soul-killing as its title is nearly meaningless."
‑ Ed Park, Village Voice
"In spite of Good Housekeeping's unsavory characters and WWF mentality, this white trash War of the Roses is a surprisingly engaging film."
‑ Merle Bertrand, Film Threat
"This loud and thoroughly obnoxious comedy about a pair of squabbling working-class spouses is a deeply unpleasant experience."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Idiotic but at times close to cuddly redneck rogues and foul mouthed bimbos populate this white trash purgatory somewhere between cartoon noir and soap farce."
‑ Prairie Miller, Long Island Press
"The actors improvise and scream their way around this movie directionless, lacking any of the rollicking dark humor so necessary to make this kind of idea work on screen."
‑ Jon Alon Walz, Boxoffice Magazine
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