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Serial Mom (1994)

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

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Mom
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Dad
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Scott Morgan ...
Detective Pike (as Scott Wesley Morgan)
Walt MacPherson ...
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Patricia Dunnock ...
Birdie
Lonnie Horsey ...
Carl
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John Badila ...
Kathy Fannon ...
Betty Sterner
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Ralph Sterner
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Carl's Date
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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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She's a fabulous, loving, caring mother, who er... ...happens to be a serial killer! See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Thriller

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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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1.66 : 1
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The copyright holders of the song "Tomorrow," as heard when Mrs. Jenson watches Annie (1982) in her living room, charged $60,000 for the rights to use the song because of the explicit content of John Waters' past films. 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 Manhunter (1986) See more »

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Gas Chamber
Written by L7 and John Waters
Performed by L7
Courtesy of Slash Records
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Beverly Sutphin is not to be trifled with
17 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

Imagine this: the main character is a woman called Beverly Sutphin. Her husband is a dentist and she does her best to bring up her children. In short, she is a respectable human being with the particularity of being a real stickler for good manners . Maybe, a little too respectable so that when someone speaks ill of one member of her family, Beverly is ready to kill to defend her family!

Only one filmmaker seemed designated to shot this highly entertaining black comedy: John Waters, the king of bad taste and extravagance. In "Serial Mom", most of the comical situations are structured about the two quoted characteristics. The whole is condensed in one hour and a half. You don't get bored one moment and you honestly laugh in front of all these murders. In "Serial Mom", you also recognize Waters' strong taste for bloody, gore and horror movies. Moreover, for this extraordinary director, it is the occasion to harm the model image of the American family.

All in all, a delightfully politically incorrect comedy led by a Kathleen Turner on top form.


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