Serial Mom (1994)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Thriller  |  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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John Badila ...
Kathy Fannon ...
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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 <>

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She's a fabulous, loving, caring mother, who er... ...happens to be a serial killer! See more »


Comedy | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

13 April 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los asesinatos de mamá  »

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Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)


$7,881,335 (USA)

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1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Wil Wheaton auditioned for the part of Chip, which ultimately went to Matthew Lillard. See more »


When Beverly goes to Chip's school for a P.T.A. meeting, Mr. Stubbins says Chip is "off to a fine start this year". However, a card in the opening scene established that the day is Friday, May 14, 1993, which would be nearing the end a school year, not the beginning. See more »


[first lines]
Eugene Sutphin: That's a nice dress you're wearing this morning, Misty.
Misty Sutphin: Thanks.
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Crazy Credits

No flies were injured or killed in the making of this motion picture. See more »


References Best Boy (1979) See more »


Written by Barry Manilow and Adrienne Anderson
Performed by Barry Manilow
Courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
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4 August 2004 | by (Guadalajara, Mexic) – See all my reviews

This movie was offensive, vulgar, shocking, and yes, mean spirited. Forgive me if I'm wrong, but isn't that was John Waters is all about? Kathleen Turner and Sam Waterston do a wonderful job of overacting (badly) in classic Waters fashion. Liver on a fireplace poker? Turner as June Cleaver making obscene and threatening phone calls? Juror 8 (Patty Hearst) wearing white shoes after Labor Day? How can you not love it? This movie ranks up there with Citizen Ruth or Heathers as one of the best black comedies ever. And it also seems to have given some inspiration to Natural Born Killers, the finest of the genre. (Although not nearly as easy to stomach.)

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