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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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Crazy Family - Eine total verrückte Familie  »

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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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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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