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Serial Mom (1994)

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

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Detective Pike (as Scott Wesley Morgan)
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Mr. Stubbins
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Mrs. Sterner
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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)  »

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Serial Mom  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$7,881,335 (USA)
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Trivia

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

The date for the trial is October and the establishing shot of the courthouse shows fallen leaves on the grass. In the next shot, the Sutphin family arrives and there are green leafy trees behind them. See more »

Quotes

[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 Surf II (1984) See more »

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TOMORROW
Written by Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin
Courtesy of Edwin H. Morris & Company
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Sick and subversive treat from John Waters
20 January 2005 | by (The land of the Bunyips) – See all my reviews

Beverly Sutphin (Kathleen Turner) seems to be a typical Betty Crocker suburban housewife. Unfortunately, people are dropping like flies around her! Could this perfect mom be a serial killer?

"Serial Mom" is a ridiculously charming and clever film that never really received the credit it deserved. It is John Waters' best mainstream film, and its tongue-in-cheek portrayal of suburbia, domesticity, the media, and conventional gender roles is delightfully subversive. Kathleen Turner was criminally underrated--this was her best performance to date. The dialogue is hilarious, the murders are wickedly funny, and the overall atmosphere of the film is disturbingly bright and shiny. Co-stars Waters regulars Mink Stole, Ricki Lake, Traci Lords, and features a dynamite cameo by grunge goddesses L7. My Rating: 9/10


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