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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
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Kate
Jennifer McAllister ...
Joan
Sam Chew Jr. ...
Bill
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Martha
Anthony Battaglia ...
Stokely
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Sam
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Angela
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Carol
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Vivian
Ann Weldon ...
Rachel
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Leonard
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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One mellow movie about creative divorce, group jacuzzis, organically-fed mistresses, and therapeutic adultery. See more »

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In his autobiography "Tall, Dark and Gruesome", Christopher Lee identifies this picture as one that was particularly important to him (despite the fact that he played a relatively small part). The reasons being because it was the first time he got to act with an American accent and also because he was cast against type. See more »

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Harvey Holroyd: [after exiting a grocery store, chatting with a checker] Hey, wanna go have a cup of coffee?
Marlene: Oh, I don't drink coffee. It's an artificial stimulant.
Harvey Holroyd: Of course. Then you wouldn't want to have a drink, either. So what do I offer you? A bite of my onion?
Marlene: I'll tell you what: how about if I just go home with you and we go to bed together?
Harvey Holroyd: We could do that. Sure.
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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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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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