Director John Waters puts a twist on the everyday mediocrity of suburban life in the hilarious satire Serial Mom. See Kathleen Turner like never before as Beverly Sutphin, the seemingly perfect homemaker who will stop at nothing to rid the neighborhood of anyone failing to live up to her moral code. Serial Mom is a killer comedy that will take you over the edge with laughter! –Focus Features
Growing up in Baltimore in the 1950s, John Waters was not like other children; he was obsessed by violence and gore, both real and on the screen. With his weird counter-culture friends as his cast, he began making silent 8mm and 16mm films in the mid-‘60s; he screened these in rented Baltimore church halls to underground audiences drawn by word of mouth and street leafleting campaigns. As his filmmaking grew more polished and his subject matter more shocking, his audiences grew bigger, and his write-ups in the Baltimore papers more outraged. By the early 1970s he was making features, which he managed to get shown in midnight screenings in art cinemas by sheer perseverance. Success came when Pink Flamingos (1972) – a deliberate exercise in ultra-bad taste – took off in 1973, helped no doubt by lead actor Divine’s infamous dog-crap eating scene.
Waters continued to make low-budget shocking movies with his Dreamland repertory company until Hollywood crossover success came with Hairspray… read more
Pitch-perfect satire of 90s media and suburban malaise, with one of Kathleen Turner's most deranged performances.
Picking up from the suburban anarchy of Polyester, where Turner overtakes Divine in playing the demented mother from hell (as in, hath no fury) and where the cultural lampoon is so lurid, and the scatologica so mordant after a dormant period in the mainstream, that the recipe is nothing short of hilarious as both genre subversion and throwback - to Eisenhower and Manson as much as Pink Flamingos. An uncanny sibling to the serial circus of Natural Born Killers the same year.