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7.3
/10
1,929 Ratings

Serial Mom

Directed by John Waters
United States, 1994
Comedy, Crime, Cult

Synopsis

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 “perfect homemaker” who stops at nothing to rid the neighborhood of anyone failing to live up to her moral code.

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Serial Mom Directed by John Waters
Like much of Waters’ later work, with the exception of the family-friendly and Broadway-adapted Hairspray (1988), Serial Mom tends to get overlooked when compared with the rest of Waters’ oeuvre. . . . And yet Serial Mom is one of Waters’ most personal and autobiographical works. Not only has Waters repeatedly called the film one of his best, it captures better than any of his other movies save maybe Female Trouble the central thesis of his work: in America infamy and fame are the same thing.
March 11, 2018
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The power of the absurdities of Serial Mom have been dulled, mildly, by the proliferation of properties such as The Real Housewives franchise and the various dysfunctional families on E!, USA Network and TLC, whose every flaw is presented for us to judge (without asking that we hold ourselves accountable). But Serial Mom, perhaps a predictor of this kind of audience obsession, challenges the belief that such judgment should be levied in the first place, sans contrived narrative trauma.
May 02, 2017
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Opening on a sunlit suburban breakfast table surrounded by a stereotypical white middle-class family, John Waters’ Serial Mom (1994) proceeds to unrelentingly and hilariously skewer small-town community “values” through the story of Beverly Sutphin (Kathleen Turner), a smiling, stoic, and devoted wife and mother who dabbles in serial murder on the side.
August 18, 2016
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