I know that some John Waters fans who long for the days of Divine and David Lochary don't care as much for movies like this one. Believe me, I love Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble, Desperate Living, Polyester, etc. (and wish that things like Multiple Maniacs could be released on DVD, too!). But I think that Pecker stays true to Waters' style of writing and directing, as well as his sense of humor. The story is amusing, the jokes are often in bad taste (which, is how they're supposed to be), and the acting is intentionally mediocre (at least intentional in most cases, I think). I like that the story takes the Baltimore protagonists to New York, where they fail to fit in and can't wait to get back to Baltimore. The Mariolatry humor is silly, but it never fails to make me laugh. I think if someone wants to be super critical of this film and over-compare it to Waters' earlier work, they should get over it. I think this film shows that Waters was still as funny, relevant, and smart in the late 90s as he was in the 70s. I think this stands as an excellent "intro to Waters" film for those who are interested in his not-so-family-friendly work (that is, movies that are not "Hairspray" or "Cry Baby").