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Serial Mom (1994)

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A sweet mother finds herself participating in homicidal activities when she sees the occasion call for it.

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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 ... 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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Taglines:

Every Mom Wants to Be Wanted, But Not For Murder One! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The movie being screened in the video store when Misty tries to convince Chip their mom is a serial killer is Strait-Jacket starring Joan Crawford See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
Eugene Sutphin: That's a nice dress you're wearing this morning, Misty.
Misty Sutphin: Thanks.
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Crazy Credits

No flies were injured or killed in the making of this motion picture. See more »

Connections

References Terror at Red Wolf Inn (1972) 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 dbdumonteilSee 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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