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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mom
... Dad
... Misty
... Chip
Scott Morgan ... Detective Pike (as Scott Wesley Morgan)
Walt MacPherson ... Detective Gracey
... Scotty
Patricia Dunnock ... Birdie
Lonnie Horsey ... Carl
... Dottie Hinkle
... Rosemary Ackerman
John Badila ... Mr. Stubbins
Kathy Fannon ... Betty Sterner
... Ralph Sterner
... 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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Every Mom Wants to Be Wanted, But Not For Murder One! 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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Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$7,881,335
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Within months of finishing shooting, and prior to the film's release, the O.J. Simpson murder scandal became headline news. 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 »

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References The Crazies (1973) 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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Sick and subversive treat from John Waters
20 January 2005 | by 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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