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Serial MomJohn Waters' amusing melding of Douglas Sirk melodrama with America's Most Wanted documentary stylings resonates more on video than in theaters,...Serial MomComedyRJohn Waters' amusing melding of Douglas Sirk melodrama with America's Most Wanted documentary stylings resonates more on video than in theaters,...1994-08-26Ricki LakeMatthew LillardPatty HearstSam WaterstonRicki Lake, Matthew Lillard, Patty Hearst, Sam WaterstonSavoy
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Serial Mom

Genre: Comedy; Starring: Ricki Lake, Kathleen Turner, Ricki Lake, Matthew Lillard, Patty Hearst, Sam Waterston; Guest Performer: Suzanne Somers; Director: John Waters; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Savoy

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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