Serial Mom

12 May


Serial Mom is a satirical look at the public’s infatuation with true crime. In 1994, John Waters invades the suburbs of Baltimore and arms Beverly Sutphin (Kathleen Turner) with a fire poker and a pair of scissors as she defends herself in court on murder charges. John Waters’s sense of humor is always off-center and he makes fun of mainstream America in a diabolical way that ends up becoming a prophetic tale of contemporary audience’s appetite for reality television and sensational news stories.  Beverly is an ordinary house wife married to Eugene (Sam Waterston) with two teenage children (Ricki Lake and Matthew Lillard). Everything is normal, excepts her list of victims that annoyed her in one way or another. The film is fun, but some of its humor can be lost because audiences are not familiar with Waters’s taste for comedy.  Although, it is one of his most mainstream films it enjoys a cult-like status for its successes and its shortcomings.


Chuck’s Grade: B

Adam’s Grade: N/A

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