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Serial Mom (1994)

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A sweet mother takes a little too much at heart for the defense 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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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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Trivia

The opening credits claim that the movie is based on a true story. This is not actually the case; the titles are just the first of the film's many satires of true crime. See more »

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When Mrs. Sutphin arrives at her son's school to meet his teacher, the time is given as 3:36 pm. Very soon after, she takes her seat in the hall and is invited almost immediately into the classroom, where the clock reads 4:10 pm. 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 The Ninth Configuration (1980) See more »

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TOMORROW
Written by Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin
Courtesy of Edwin H. Morris & Company
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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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