Serial Mom

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When I Grow Up, I Wanna Be Serial Mom

Mar 20, 2005 (Updated Mar 20, 2005)
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Pros:Sick, warped, and hilarious

Cons:hrmm.... let me think on it...

The Bottom Line: I should warn you. This review contains, uh, language.


Plot Details: This opinion reveals major details about the movie's plot.

Somehow I have resisted the urge through the years to off a few folks and bury the bodies in the backyard. Sometimes I think the world would have been much better off had I simply followed my urges. Some people just really need to be stopped before they breed, yanno? Well, Kathleen Turner does indeed follow those urges in the 1994 John Waters masterpiece Serial Mom. I soooo want to be her that I even finally went out bought a dress like hers. Be afraid...

Be on the lookout for Beverly Sutphin. She is considered armed and fuckin' nuts!

Turner (The War of the Roses, Peggy Sue Got Married) is not one of my favorite actresses, I don't neccesarily dislike her... she's just sorta there in my book... but I have to admit that she handled this role with perfection. She can switch from June Cleaver to cold, efficient killer in a heartbeat.. and back again. Watching the perfect Stepford wife beat a neighbor with a leg of lamb has got to be one of the best scenes in the history of film.

Her son is played by Matthew Lillard of Sceam and Hackers fame. I can think of no other young actor that could have done a better job than Lillard. He does camp extremely well and just has the best time playing the Video store manager who is into horror flicks. It's no surprise that when he begins to suspect his perfect mother of the recent murders, he digs it.

Misty Sutphin: He killed people, mom.
Beverly Sutphin: We all have our bad days.


Ricki Lake is no stranger to Waters films having also had parts in Cecil B. Demented and Hairspray. Here she is cast as Turner's teenage daughter and again I have to say that there is a reason Waters keeps using her. She understands the fun warpedness of his characters and is adept at pulling them off.

The surprise casting was Sam Waterston (The Great Gatsby) as the devoted hubby. Waters was actually shocked to get him. It's good he pursued Waterston. He makes a great straight man to all the madness and hilarity.

The blurb about John Waters on imdb.com says Growing up in Baltimore in the 50s Waters was not like other children. I'm guessing that's an understatement. Waters films are decidedly not mainstream, but are some of the funnest-in-a-sick-way movies ever produced. If a project has Waters named as director, I'm sure to buy it.

Not only is Serial Mom one of my favorites of his movies, but the director commentary by Waters is a stitch. The man is just plain not right in the head and I adore him for it. Also, do take time to watch the other special feature. It explains quite a bit about the genesis of this flick, as in how it came to intrude on his thinking until he finally just went ahead with it. Fascinating.

Beverly Sutphin: I don't like to read about movies. They're so violent.

Serial Mom is rated R in the US and yeah there is some 'cuss' words and some violence and a few risque scenes perhaps, but the comedy just outweighs the rest and I'm saying that if your kid is interested in seeing it, then go ahead and watch it with them. It's funny as hell.

Five full stars for this side-splitter. If you're into warped comedy, this one is a must own.

So sayeth the MadDoc.

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