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A sweet mother takes a little too much at heart for the defence of her family.

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Scott Morgan ...
Detective Pike (as Scott Wesley Morgan)
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Birdie
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John Badila ...
Mr. Stubbins
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Mrs. Sterner
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Storyline

A picture perfect middle class family is shocked when they find out that one of their neighbors is receiving obscene phone calls. The mom takes slights against her family very personally, and it turns out she is indeed the one harassing the neighbor. As other slights befall her beloved family, the body count begins to increase, and the police get closer to the truth, threatening the family's picture perfect world. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Every Mom Wants to Be Wanted, But Not For Murder One! See more »

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Rated R for satirical presentation of strong violence, vulgar language, and sexual episodes | See all certifications »

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13 April 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los asesinatos de mamá  »

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Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$7,881,335 (USA)
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Trivia

Beverly Sutphin's friendly wave to her family while she is chasing Scotty was improvised by Kathleen Turner. John Waters didn't notice the bit until a screening where the audience laughed at it. See more »

Goofs

In the main-title sequence, when Beverly swats a fly on a tray on the Sutphins' kitchen table she brings back the swatter to an upright position as quickly as she swats the fly. However, in closeup in the next shot the swatter is down flat on the tray. Once established, the swatter is pulled away more slowly than in the preceding shot, revealing the squashed fly. After the squashed fly is revealed, the director's credit appears. See more »

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[first lines]
Eugene Sutphin: That's a nice dress you're wearing this morning, Misty.
Misty Sutphin: Thanks.
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No flies were injured or killed in the making of this motion picture. See more »

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References Peyton Place (1957) See more »

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TOMORROW
Written by Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin
Courtesy of Edwin H. Morris & Company
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The only cereal I know is Rice Crispies....
8 September 2004 | by (Rancho Mirage, California) – See all my reviews

The above is just one of MANY great lines offered up by the cast of 'Serial Mom'.....

The Sutphins seem to be the picture of a normal 50's-esque family - dad (Sam Waterston) is a dentist; mom (a FANTASTIC Kathleen Turner) is a grand house wife homage to Donna Reed, June Cleaver and such; daughter (Rikki Lake) and son (Matthey Lillard) seem to be your average teens with a perfect family life.... Or is it?

Based upon actual real life events, John Waters manages to bring us another great film - and this time - he takes dead aim on the 'celebrity' we make of murderers and criminals....

I'm sure that many of us have gone through our lives, being annoyed by this person or that object and we've never done anything about it.... Not Betty Sutphin.... When this suburban mom goes off - she goes off.... From minor annoyances (white shoes after labor day!) to major anger management issues, Betty takes matters into her own hands - by going on a killing spree - taking 6 victims to an early grave....

Sure, in typical Waters way, it's a bit over the top and corny, but the film is great! Some of the humor is very low brow - in bad taste, but, as Waters mentions in interviews - bad taste can be good taste!

I gave this a 9 - a greatly enjoyable film!


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