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Serial (1980)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  28 March 1980 (USA)
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It's the end of the 70s. Hippies are assimilating, women are raising their consciousness, and men are becoming confused and ineffectual. Don't expect to be able to keep track of all the ... See full summary »

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Harvey Holroyd
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Kate Linville Holroyd
Jennifer McAllister ...
Joanie Holroyd
Sam Chew Jr. ...
Bill
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Martha
Anthony Battaglia ...
Stokely
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Angela Stone
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Carol
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Ann Weldon ...
Rachel
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Dr. Leonard Miller
Jon Fong ...
Wong
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Luckman Skull
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Stella
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It's the end of the 70s. Hippies are assimilating, women are raising their consciousness, and men are becoming confused and ineffectual. Don't expect to be able to keep track of all the names or who's sleeping with who; the picture very skillfully conveys the hopeless muddle through which the many characters move as they try to Find Themselves. Written by Molly Malloy <mailcall@kiva.net>

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One mellow movie about creative divorce, group jacuzzis, organically-fed mistresses, and therapeutic adultery. See more »

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Crazy Family - Eine total verrückte Familie  »

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Kate Linville Holroyd: [as they all walk into an opulent and unique house] Oh my god...
Harvey Holroyd: Careful Kate, you might get an answer.
Cult Member 1: Wait here, please.
Kate Linville Holroyd: It's hard to believe they can afford all this from just selling carnations.
Harvey Holroyd: I have a feeling some poppies were involved.
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A Changing World
Music by Lalo Schifrin
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Performed by Michael Johnson
Courtesy of EMI/Columbia
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Dated But Still Hilarious Satire
10 July 1999 | by (Iowa City, IA) – See all my reviews

"Serial" is an often uproariously funny satire lampooning the the fad-conscious lives of a group of citizens living in laid-back Marin County California in the late-70s, a small community just across the bay from San Francisco. Martin Mull plays Harvey Holroyd, an average family man growing increasingly exasperated at the craziness that seems to be surrounding him. The crazes gradually envelop his wife and daughter and his best friend. As he contends with drugs, health foods, sex orgies, new-age shrinks, religious cults and a boss who belongs to a "gay on weekends" motorcycle gang (horror vet Christopher Lee in a very amusing turn), the laughs pile up in fine fashion.

There are plenty of sharp, witty one-liners in the script by Rich Eustis & Michael Elias and TV veteran Bill Persky keeps the gags flowing nicely. Martin Mull is first-rate in his role and is surrounded by a fine supporting cast.

A thoroughly pleasant and extremely funny satire, very much a reflection of its time. Well worth searching out!


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