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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
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In the first Sutphin family dinner scene, Beverly (Kathleen Turner) serves Misty (Ricki Lake) a piece of meatloaf. In a medium shot of Beverly, the piece of meatloaf is clearly the end or "heel" of the loaf, dark and rounded on one side. In the next shot, a medium shot of Misty, the piece of meatloaf is from the middle of the loaf, a lighter shade, large, and not rounded on one side. See more »
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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