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Serial (1980)

 -  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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Sam Stone
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Angela Stone
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Carol
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Vivian
Ann Weldon ...
Rachel
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Dr. Leonard Miller
Jon Fong ...
Wong
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Luckman Skull
Patch Mackenzie ...
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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cult | marriage | affluence | nudity | disco | See more »

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Bill: So we both said "Hey, we've got a caring relationship, we're each willing to give the other the space to grow and nourish our basic aloneness. Why not make a total commitment, in a legalistic sense? So tomorrow's the big day.
Fred Peele, man on ferry: I can dig it. Who's the chick?
Bill: Martha Sterns.
Fred Peele, man on ferry: No, I don't know her.
Bill: Used to be Martha Byers.
Fred Peele, man on ferry: No, I'm not familiar.
Bill: And before that, she was Martha Crimm.
Fred Peele, man on ferry: And before that, Martha Peele?
Bill: You know her?
Fred Peele, man on ferry: I'm Fred Peele.
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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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One (make that more than one) funny movie--and ahead of its time!
1 January 2000 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

I must have seen Serial a half dozen times when it hit theatres. Ads were run wondering why not enough people were going to see it (hey, I was only one guy, I did my best). It should have been a monster money maker!

As others have said, this movie has fun with the Politically Correct. I thought it might have been a wake-up call (albeit a funny one) about the excesses of muddled thought and trend-of-the week morality, but it was sadly just a cataloging of PC in its infancy. Political Correctness has actually grown to be just as wacky (and all too prevalent) as Serial painted it. That said, don't think you've seen it all and heard it all from the PC crowd because so well made is Serial that it still keeps its edge

Serial also has some of the most shocking uses of profanity I've ever heard (and I loathe profanity), but is done in such a new way (still) that it's amazingly funny. Speaking of new, so far ahead of its time was Serial that it introduced gags that have since been done to death. Tired of "Born to Be Wild" used as a joke instead of a rebel anthem. The joke started here (for gay bikers, no less).

So when the PC crowd gets you down, grab Serial, sit down with your other of the moment (you-ness, me-ness, us-ness, we-ness) and enjoy.


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