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Serial Mom (1994)

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A sweet mother takes a little too much at heart for the defense of her family.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mom
... Dad
... Misty
... Chip
Scott Morgan ... Detective Pike (as Scott Wesley Morgan)
Walt MacPherson ... Detective Gracey
... Scotty
Patricia Dunnock ... Birdie
Lonnie Horsey ... Carl
... Dottie Hinkle
... Rosemary Ackerman
John Badila ... Mr. Stubbins
Kathy Fannon ... Betty Sterner
... Ralph Sterner
... Carl's Date
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A picture perfect middle class family is shocked when they find out that one of their neighbors is receiving obscene phone calls. The mom takes slights against her family very personally, and it turns out she is indeed the one harassing the neighbor. As other slights befall her beloved family, the body count begins to increase, and the police get closer to the truth, threatening the family's picture perfect world. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Every Mom Wants to Be Wanted, But Not For Murder One! See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Thriller

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Rated R for satirical presentation of strong violence, vulgar language, and sexual episodes | See all certifications »

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13 April 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los asesinatos de mamá  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$7,881,335
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

A poster of the band L7 can be seen in Chip's room, briefly, on the back of his bedroom door. L7 plays as the band Camel Lips in the movie. See more »

Goofs

When Serial Mom is in the beige van chasing Scotty in the red LeMans, the LeMans' hood is ajar during one shot in the middle of the chase, and shut the rest of the chase. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Eugene Sutphin: That's a nice dress you're wearing this morning, Misty.
Misty Sutphin: Thanks.
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No flies were injured or killed in the making of this motion picture. See more »

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References Arachnophobia (1990) See more »

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Gas Chamber
Written by L7 and John Waters
Performed by L7
Courtesy of Slash Records
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Thoroughly enjoyable dementia
12 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this movie because Kathleen Turner and John Waters just let loose with the demented psychotic energy of a parent who takes many legitimate parental urges to the next level - or maybe the next 5 levels. She is protective, proactive, and supportive where her family is concerned, just a bit more so than is good for her or the rest of the world. The movie is funny and Turner is superb. The various strategems she uses to distract witnesses at her trial are delivered with the precision of a knife and she does more acting in the defendant's chair than most actors manage in a typical Hollywood flick today. I gave it a 7 rather than something higher because the action around her is okay but delivered more as a set-up for her various exercises in family values, and the plot itself doesn't seem driven by anything other than her proclivities for a particular problem solving approach. But it is a very entertaining film, though I wouldn't watch it with a kid under the age of 15, however jaded by the media today's youths may seem to be.


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