Serial Mom

Serial Mom

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Director: John Waters, Kathleen Turner, Sam Waterston, Ricki Lake

Cast: John Waters, Kathleen Turner, Sam Waterston, Ricki Lake

     
 

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Beverly Sutphin (Kathleen Turner) is the perfect suburban housewife and mother. She likes to cook, her home is immaculately clean, she's always well-groomed and cheerful, and she loves her husband Eugene (Sam Waterston) and her two children, Misty (Ricki Lake) and Chip (Matthew Lillard). There's just one problem with Beverly -- if you do anything to make someone in

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Beverly Sutphin (Kathleen Turner) is the perfect suburban housewife and mother. She likes to cook, her home is immaculately clean, she's always well-groomed and cheerful, and she loves her husband Eugene (Sam Waterston) and her two children, Misty (Ricki Lake) and Chip (Matthew Lillard). There's just one problem with Beverly -- if you do anything to make someone in her family feel bad, you're dead meat on a stick. While she does a great job of hiding it, Beverly has a vicious and vengeful streak, and when she's not making obscene prank calls to the neighbors or bribing her garbagemen to save embarrassing items from her neighbors' trash, she's mowing down whoever would be so rude as to make her husband go into his office on a Saturday, break up with her daughter, or suggest that her son watches too many horror movies. Taking John Waters back to R-rated territory after the relatively sedate Hairspray and Cry Baby, Serial Mom captures a comfortable middle ground between Hollywood professionalism and Waters' subversive sense of humor, and Kathleen Turner has a field day as the sweet-on-the-outside, evil-on-the-inside Beverly. The supporting cast includes such Waters favorites as Patty Hearst, Traci Lords, Mink Stole, and Susan Lowe; Joan Rivers and Suzanne Somers appear as themselves, and all-female grunge-metal band L7 plays the all-female grunge-metal band Camel Toe.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Scott Engel
John Waters made more accessible films in the 1990s than he had in the past, but this doesn't mean they were any less biting, just less obvious. Serial Mom is often dismissed as too commercial, but that criticism is taking this wonderful satire at face value. Waters takes a page out of Blue Velvet and adds his own kitchy, gross-out stamp. By juxtaposing happy suburbia and senseless violence he points out how eating chicken at the dinner table can be as ugly as ripping someone's heart out. If you look under the paper-thin surface of the Sutphin family, you can see Waters attacking every value and stereotype of the politically correct 1990s. He lashes out against such ideas as entertainment's influence on real life violence, the death penalty, the media's treatment of criminals, Hollywood and celebrity, TV sitcoms and courtroom dramas, and conventional ideas of how serial killers are created by society. These are all the things that Oliver Stone claimed he was trying to expose in the much talked about Natural Born Killers, his media/serial killer satire that came out the same year. Serial Mom hits all the points much more effectively, is more subtle and thought-provoking, and much funnier. Unfortunately, without the cooked-up controversy and studio-driven publicity, only a lucky few saw Waters' superior film in theaters. It has since reached many more on video and cable.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/06/2008
UPC:
0025195027489
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:34:00
Sales rank:
4,050

Special Features

Serial Mom: surreal moments; The Kings of Gore: Herschell Gordon Lewis and David Friedman; The making of Serial Mom; Feature commentary with director John Waters and star Kathleen Turner

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kathleen Turner Beverly Sutphin
Sam Waterston Eugene Sutphin
Ricki Lake Misty Sutphin
Matthew Lillard Chip Sutphin
Mary Jo Catlett Rosemary Ackerman
Justin Whalin Scott
Patricia Dunnock Birdie
Mink Stole Dottie Hinkle
Lonnie Horsey Carl
Traci Lords Carl's Date
Suzanne Somers Herself
Patricia Hearst Actor
Walt MacPherson Detective Gracey
John Badila Mr. Stubbins
Jeff Mandon Howell Hawkins
Alan J. Wendl Sloppy
Peter Bucossi Rookie Cop
Rosemary Knower Court Groupie A
Susan Lowe Court Groupie B
Mary Vivian Pearce Book Buyer
Nat Benchley Macho Man
Joan Rivers Herself
Susan Duvall Lady C
Jordan Young Kid

Technical Credits
John Waters Director,Screenwriter
Rick Angelella Musical Direction/Supervision
David J. Bomba Art Director
Joseph M. Caracciolo Executive Producer
Steve M. Davison Stunts
John Fiedler Producer
Joe di Gaetano Special Effects
Janice Hampton Editor
Paula Herold Casting
Bones Howe Musical Direction/Supervision
Erica Huggins Editor
Pat Moran Associate Producer,Casting
Vincent Peranio Production Designer
Basil Poledouris Score Composer
Van Smith Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert M. Stevens Cinematographer
Mark Tarlov Producer
Mary Ellen Woods Asst. Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Serial Mom
1. Good Morning (Main Titles) [5:35]
2. Local Investigation [5:45]
3. Unhealthy Imagination [4:36]
4. Blood & Gore [5:49]
5. Under Suspicion [4:15]
6. For the Sake of the Planet [5:04]
7. Making a Killing [6:25]
8. Who's Next [4:46]
9. Going On [6:29]
10. Publicly Named [4:52]
11. On the Run [2:54]
12. Son of a Psycho [5:13]
13. Curtain Call [3:51]
14. Self-Defense [4:32]
15. Business is Booming [6:39]
16. Swaying the Jury [4:55]
17. Comin' Home [4:40]
18. End Titles [2:53]

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Serial Mom 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is the only movie I watch even if I catch it in the middle. I love it and Turner and supporting cast are terrrific. Waters did an ingenious job.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS MOVIE IS HILARIOUS, IT WII KEEP YOU LAUGHING FROM START TO END! IRONY AT ITS BEST
Guest More than 1 year ago
The displaced violence is brilliant and hilarious. Turner’s character justifies her murders because they are all part of her being a good mom. Full of surprise and irony, Serial Mom is definitely unique enough to remain popular for decades.