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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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John Waters

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John Waters
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kathleen Turner ... Mom
Sam Waterston ... Dad
Ricki Lake ... Misty
Matthew Lillard ... Chip
Scott Morgan Scott Morgan ... Detective Pike (as Scott Wesley Morgan)
Walt MacPherson Walt MacPherson ... Detective Gracey
Justin Whalin ... Scotty
Patricia Dunnock Patricia Dunnock ... Birdie
Lonnie Horsey Lonnie Horsey ... Carl
Mink Stole ... Dottie Hinkle
Mary Jo Catlett ... Rosemary Ackerman
John Badila John Badila ... Mr. Stubbins
Kathy Fannon Kathy Fannon ... Betty Sterner
Doug Roberts ... Ralph Sterner
Traci Lords ... Carl's Date
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Storyline

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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At least she meant well 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los asesinatos de mamá See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$7,881,335
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

According to Kathleen Turner, she remembers that Michael Douglas attempted to talk her out of taking the role See more »

Goofs

When Serial Mom is in the beige van chasing Scotty in the red LeMans, the LeMans' hood is ajar during one shot in the middle of the chase, and shut the rest of the chase. 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 »

Connections

References Memories of a Marriage (1989) See more »

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Daybreak
Written by Barry Manilow and Adrienne Anderson
Performed by Barry Manilow
Courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
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"Give 'er a happy face!And then recycle her!"
9 May 2003 | by EDAsh941See all my reviews

Ever have that day when someone gets on your nerves and you feel like pulling the axe on them?That's exactly what John Waters demonstates in his dark comedy Serial Mom.After starring in the cheesy family movie "House of Cards", Kathleen Turner has created one of the best performances in her life as the beautiful, heroic, misunderstood, law-obeying serial killer Beverly Sutphin.Eversince six murders, she has been placed with some "terribly untrue charges" and the only 'serial' she knows "anything about is Rice Krispies!".But she has good reason for butchering six people: they all commited a crime that no one understands, like dumping her daughter, eating poultry (because Beverly loves birds),smart-alacing about her dentist husband, refusing to rewind a rental tape, critisizing about her family skills, and witnessing one of the other five crimes.You may think she's insane, but really, she's just expressing things we'd rather hide inside of us.Like, say you work in a store and someone wants to return something but they don't have the recipt.It can't be returned without the recipt, so you tell them "No can do".Then they start cursing you out like you're worthless.Wouldn't you get the urge to shove a bullet in their brain?Well then, you now know how Beverly Sutphin feels when someone decides to be a wise guy.This movie is perfect for anyone who loves to laugh.Plus, the DVD contains the theatrical trailer, a behind-the-scenes featurette, several TV spots, four interview clips, and extra behind the scenes footage.I give this one a 10/10!


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