Polyester

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New Line Cinema Released 1981

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Director:
John Waters
Released:
1981
Rating:
R
Polyester is a comedy that offers the audience a look into the craziness of suburban life. It is the story of Francine Fishpaw (Divine), a stay-at-home mom, living in an upscale suburb of Baltimore. She is married to Elmer (David Sampson), the owner and proprietor of a chain of pornographic movie theatres. He sees no shame in his job and proudly admits it to all. As a result, the Fishpaws' lawn is the semi-permanent home of anti-pornography picketers and religious fanatics. The rest of Francine's family is just as insane as her husband. Her daughter, Lu-Lu (Mary Garlington), is a self-proclaimed slut. Her son, Dexter (Ken King), is a delinquent and drug addict. Her mother, LaRue (Joni Ruth White), is hopelessly addicted to cocaine and constantly steals money from Francine and Elmer to fund her addiction and impulsive shopping sprees. When her husband admits to having been unfaithful to her on more occasions than he can remember, the last of Francine's willpower abandons her. The only reprieve she can find is spending time with her friend, Cuddles Kovinsky (Edith Massey), a maid who inherited a huge sum of money from her boss and now lives on the same street as the Fishpaws.moreless
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    Adult, Independent, Cult, 80s