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Serial Mom [VHS] [1994]

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  • Actors: Kathleen Turner, Sam Waterston, Ricki Lake, Matthew Lillard, Mink Stole
  • Directors: John Waters
  • Format: Colour, Full Screen, HiFi Sound, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Universal
  • VHS Release Date: 17 April 1995
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004RQLA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 299,449 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Cult director John Waters follows up his successes with 'Hairspray' and 'Cry Baby' with this black comedy about a serial killer, poking fun at American Apple Pie values. Kathleen Turner is the devilish mother in question who'll do anything to protect her family.

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In Serial Mom director John Waters creates a wickedly funny--and nasty--comedy starring Kathleen Turner as the ultimate suburbanite: a woman so obsessed with suburban perfection that she kills a neighbour for not separating her recyclables. Hubby Sam Waterston and kids Matthew Lillard and Ricki Lake don't have a clue that in fact it is squeaky-clean mom who is the killer at large in their Baltimore neighbourhood and who has murdered, among others, the guy who dumped her daughter. The final courtroom scene is a riot, turning her into a celebrity defendant (long before OJ Simpson) and featuring a terrific cameo by Patty Hearst (yes, that Patty Hearst). Not for the squeamish or the easily offended, Waters' fans will find him in classic form. --Marshall Fine, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 May 2013
Format: DVD
John Waters does it again with another classic that epitomizes his post-Divine era. Beverly R. Sutphin (Kathleen Turner) is an immaculate mother who recycles and listens to Barry Manilow. She lives in the Baltimore suburb with her dentist husband (Sam Waterston) and two children, Chip (Matthew Lillard) and Misty (Ricki Lake). Everything is seemingly normal except mom has some issues that she works out differently than most folks.

The film oozes with satire of the modern vs. 50's family, the celebrity status we bestow on criminals, plus other topics. I liked the background details such as the monster models I remember having as a kid as well as the Spiro Agnew painting in the courthouse. There were numerous memorable scenes and lines as in most Waters' films. Worth owning.

Parental Guide: F-bombs, magazine/movie nudity, weird sex scene.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David H J Ashdown TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 April 2014
Format: DVD
Hilarious black comedy about a mother who solves her problems by killing people who annoy her or her children. Plenty of laugh out loud scenes especially if you've got a cynical sense of humour. It's loosely based on the true story of a Texan mother but exaggerated for comic effect - one of the better comedies to come out of the USA.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MICHAELM on 9 Aug. 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I am a massive fan of this film and I purchased it right away when I found out it had been released on blu ray. However, i was really disappointed with the blu ray transfer given to this little gem of a movie. The picture quality is not at all what we have come to expect from the blu ray format and really is not much better than the dvd version.
So if you are thinking about upgrading your dvd to this blu ray, then I would wait until the price comes down to around £5 because I think that it isn't worth more than that unless you really are a die hard fan of this movie, or just keep your dvd version, as you won't see much of a picture upgrade in the blu ray transfer.
Come on universal pictures, if you are going to release these titles on blu ray, then at least make sure that they are given decent transfers or don't bother at all!
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Format: DVD
"Serial Mom," (1994), a gory comic crime caper that's another in director John Waters' wickedly twisted salutes to Baltimore, Maryland, his home town, had been difficult to get for years; it now is available in this deluxe version with some interesting, entertaining commentaries that make it even better worth the price.

First things first: it's very entertaining, but it is, of course, a one-joke movie. That being that title character Beverly R. Sutphin,( played by Kathleen Turner, Peggy Sue Got Married , The War of the Roses , Body Heat ), is a buttoned down 1950s suburban housewife in the June Cleaver mold. Yet she also happens to be, occasionally, a juicy serial killer - -though she claims the only cereal she knows anything about is Rice Krispies. She is portrayed as the last suburbanite you'd want to live near: a woman so obsessed with doing things the right - suburban--way that she kills one neighbour for not separating her recyclables, and another neighboring kid for unceremoniously dumping her daughter. They say, by the way, that Waters' original choice for the part was Susan Sarandon, but she was too expensive: that's just as well, as, anyone who's seen the picture can tell you, Turner made the part her own. Sam Waterston, who would achieve wider recognition as a U.S. President on American television, plays Beverly's husband, Eugene Sutphin, D.D.S. (a gormless dentist). Waters' regular Ricki Lake plays their daughter Misty; Matthew Lillard plays their son Chip.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Macht on 23 Aug. 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I am not writing about the movie but the blu ray transfer! The movie is brilliant! If you already own the DVD release don't bother buying the blu ray. It is exactly the same transfer of the original picture. It's not remastered. You might still be watching the old VHS cassette instead this bad blu ray release. Really disappointed!!!!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Langdon Ulder on 20 Sept. 2008
Format: DVD
Serial Mom is the funniest film I have seen in a very long time, Kathleen Turner playing the psychotic Beverly Sutphin is hilarious. The best part of the film is when Beverly is in court, I was laughing the whole way through.

There are no extras on the DVD though, just a trailer but this is one funny film, buy it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By gaattc on 15 Aug. 2013
Format: Blu-ray
I concur with the previous reviewer: this is a very poor Blu-ray transfer. From the looks of it, the studio just re-used an old DVD master, slapped a lot of Edge Enhancement - and I mean a lot - on it, and done was the Blu-ray. As always with EE, the picture looks very artificial and processed. This movie would have deserved so much better.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Oct. 2003
Format: VHS Tape
Hilarious. Love the black comedy. Couldn't stop watching it. It's a must see!
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