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Filmmaker John Waters offers his own inimitable and invariably vulgar take on the American middle class in this off-beat satire that stars transvestite actor Divine as a lonely housefrau who escapes the numbing drudgery and horror of life with her freaky husband and hellish children by falling in love with a handsome owner of a drive in. When the film was originally released, viewers were handed special scratch-and-sniff cards to participate in "Odorama," a gimmick by which they could smell revolting odors at key moments in the story.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Polyester is definitely one of Waters's best films, and I highly recommend attending an 'Odorama' screening for a unique night at the movies."
‑ Mark Stafford, Electric Sheep
"Stinks in all the right ways."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"Waters' humor might be as broad as possible in Polyester, but it's also astute enough here to be funny from moment to moment."
‑ Jeremy Heilman, MovieMartyr.com
"By standards of Waters' gross-out features, this mildly amusing film is sedate, notable for the casting of fading movie star Tab Hunter and for introducing a gimmick called Odorama, scratch-and-sniff cards."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"He makes you endure the grossest of the gross and you still laugh through the whole thing"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Tab Hunter (Grease 2) earns praise for playing the dreamboat with such sincerity, and also for kissing Divine full on the lips. You don't win Oscars doing stuff like that."
‑ Scott Weinberg, Apollo Guide
"Polyester may be one of the few times when Waters tried to expand his cinematic language at the expense of his usual verbal variety"
‑ Bill Gibron, DVD Verdict
"A low-rent version of a Douglas Sirk 1950s soaper, with Divine being dragged through all the paces that might have been the lot of a glossy star of the era."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Falls apart in the end."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
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