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Serial Mom (1994)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Horror  |  13 April 1994 (USA)
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A sweet mother takes a little too much at heart for the defence of her family.

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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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$13,000,000 (estimated)

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$7,881,335 (USA)
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John Waters said on the DVD commentary that the hardest location to secure was the church. 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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References Sliver (1993) See more »

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GAS CHAMBER
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A delightful, dark comedy
16 April 2001 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This film won't be to everyone's liking, but is certainly an all-time favorite of mine. Only a film like this can combine so many great elements into one entertaining movie.

Kathleen Turner is just purely brilliant as sweet mother Beverly Sutphin, who would look more at home in a show like Bewitched. However, we soon learn that she's not all that she seems. I love any movie that takes a classic element (in this case the innocent housewife) and completely turns it on its head.

And so the film leads us on a journey through Beverly Sutphin's life and motivations. The film grabs on, and doesn't let go, keeping the pace until the very last scene.

In bad taste? Well, yes. Sick humor? Quite often. Good? Oh yes. If you have a dark sense of humor, don't miss it for the world.


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