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  • Summary: Follows the escalation of hostilities between an action doll collectibles salesman and his forklift-driving wife.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    A triumph of indie casting of unknowns, Good Housekeeping is knee-deep in delicious thesping.
  2. 80
    In this uproarious and often scathing debut feature, writer-director Frank Novak charts the dissolution of a working-class marriage.
  3. 75
    Plunges far beneath Todd Solondz's territory and enters the suburbs of John Waters' universe in its fascination for people who live without benefit of education, taste, standards, hygiene and shame. I
  4. 60
    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.
  5. 50
    Though the performances are uniformly good -- Adams is a standout -- the movie plays like one long, meandering sketch inspired by the works of John Waters and Todd Solondz, rather than a fully developed story.
  6. Gives cinema vérité texture to a fictional story of trailer-trash dysfunction (minus the trailer).
  7. Reviewed by: Ed Park
    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. ("Good Housekeeping" magazine's legal muscle forced a last-minute change.)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 2 out of 6