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Serial Mom

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Serial Mom

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
performer:
Ricki Lake, Kathleen Turner, Matthew Lillard, Patty Hearst, Sam Waterston
guest performer:
Suzanne Somers
director:
John Waters
distributor:
Savoy
genre:
Comedy

We gave it a B+

John Waters’ amusing melding of Douglas Sirk melodrama with America’s Most Wanted documentary stylings resonates more on video than in theaters, and it’s not just a case of diminished expectations being rewarded tenfold. This story of an ultra-efficient matriarch (Kathleen Turner) who kills off anyone who disturbs her family or aesthetic sense is quintessentially TV-friendly. And there’s a martini dryness to Waters’ sick sense of humor that’s perfectly embodied in Turner’s performance. B+

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