Better Housekeeping
Better Housekeeping (2002)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 20, 2002
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Critic Score: 44% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Lou Lumenick
New York Post

Plays like one long, meandering sketch inspired by the works of John Waters and Todd Solondz, rather than a fully developed story.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The movie is ... very funny as you peek at it through the fingers in front of your eyes.

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Marshall Fine
Journal News (Westchester, NY)

With its cinema verite feel, Better Housekeeping manages to elicit the occasional surprised laugh.

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Dave Kehr
New York Times

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.

Merle Bertrand
Film Threat

In spite of Good Housekeeping's unsavory characters and WWF mentality, this white trash War of the Roses is a surprisingly engaging film.

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Justin Hartung

As pure over-the-top trash, any John Waters movie has it beat by a country mile.

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Ed Park
Village Voice

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.

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Rich Cline
Film Threat

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.

Ken Fox
TV Guide

This loud and thoroughly obnoxious comedy about a pair of squabbling working-class spouses is a deeply unpleasant experience.

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