Serial Mom

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You don't want to mess with mom

May 13, 2001 (Updated May 14, 2001)
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Pros:Kathleen Turner, hilarious dark humor, it's John Waters

Cons:NONE

The Bottom Line: This is a great movie. A must for fans of satire.


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

Serial Mom (1994) Is rated R and stars Kathleen Turner (Beverly), Sam Waterston (Eugene), Ricki Lake (Misty) and Matthew Lillard (Chip). Watch for cameo's by Patty Hearst and Tracy Lords as well.



Serial Mom is a hilarious John Water film about a mother who will do anything to keep her family happy. Beverly is the perfect wife and mother she supports her husband, Eugene, and her kids (Misty and Chip). She is basically your 1950's stereotypical mom, except she just happens to kill the people who displease her or her family.

What might a person do to make mom mad?
How about not recycling, Speeding, dumping her daughter, wearing white shoes after Labor Day, not rewinding videos before returning them.

What might happen if you make mom mad?
You get skewered on a poker in a public restroom, you get beaten to death with large hunks of meat, killed with a pay phone receiver. Or maybe you get the honor of being harassed and driven crazy buy someone calling and saying nasty things to you, like:

"Is this the C*cks*cker residence?
Is this 4215 Pu*sy Way?
Now let me check the zip code. Two-one-two-fu*k-you?"


Kathleen Turner is terrific in the role of the mother, Beverly. She is the perfectly charming lady devoted and loving one minute and an angry psycho next. It is great, just a look or a comment from her and you know someone new is on her hit list.

Sam Waterston as the easy going dad and loving husband is good as well. Even after his wife gets caught and goes on trial (which is hilarious) he still loves her.

"Chip: Dad you don't think she did it, do you?
Misty: I do. Mom's gone crazy.
Eugene: Your mother may have some problems. That's all Chip."


Ricki Lake as the daughter of Beverly did a passable job. She was a little whiney but still pretty funny overall. I always like her in John Waters movies.


Matthew Lillard as Chip was my favorite of the two kids. He is a total media freak, movies, TV whatever. He thinks it is pretty cool that his mom is a killer and when she gets to trial he works as her agent. He is really funny.

Overall is you like dark humor/satire then this is a must see movie. Some die-hard John Waters fans might not like it (I do) but it really is pretty good. If you cannot handle gore you might want to skip it.


Recommend this product? Yes


Video Occasion: Good for Groups
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 13 and Older

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