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Serial (1980)

R | | Comedy | 28 March 1980 (USA)
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
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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 whom; 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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Kate Linville Holroyd: I can't believe I called the high priest a cocksucker.
Harvey Holroyd: I thought you were terrific.
Kate Linville Holroyd: I think that we've lost her, Harvey.
Harvey Holroyd: No, maybe for a little while. She's a smart girl, Kate. Besides, she hates purple. Kate, I think we ought to give us another shot.
Kate Linville Holroyd: We have a negative family dynamic!
Harvey Holroyd: I don't know, I think we have some important stuff going for us.
Kate Linville Holroyd: Yeah, anger, mistrust, alienation, lack of communication...
Harvey Holroyd: Right! And goddamn it, I'm not going to give that stuff up without a fight!
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Spoofs Bye Bye Birdie (1963) See more »

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A Changing World
Music by Lalo Schifrin
Lyric by Norman Gimbel
Performed by Michael Johnson
Courtesy of EMI/Columbia
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6 November 1999 | by (East Bay, California) – See all my reviews

Satire can be a delicate medium. It's very easy to simply go for the straight joke and bully one's way thru the material. At times, Serial does do this, and this, combined with an overall feel of being a TV movie, is what costs it two points on my rating. However, these are minor blemishes. The Marin scene was truly mad in those days. Take my word for it, I was there. And just because the characters are archetypes doesn't mean they shouldn't be recorded, for the amusement of future generations that might otherwise be tempted to go all out for personal growth and freedom.

Seen thru the eyes of the 'relatively normal' Harvey Holroyd, the scene in Marin is freewheeling and novel, the first few times around the track. After that, the consequences start lurching into sight and people's deeper selves start emerging, hurt, confused and unmoored, just as in life. You'd think that would make Serial funny for the first 45 minutes and from then on a drag. Not in the least, particularly due to the introduction of Skull, the madcap recruiter. This element permits the pace not only to avoid maudlin regrets, but to increase the pace and the zaniness, zapping targets in all directions with merry abandon.

A winner all the way and highly recommended for anyone who wants to see Hollywood put the wringer to itself.

Those who like this film might also like 'The Player' and 'Network', which are more serious takes on trenchant satire of the New Age generations.


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