- Rated: R
- Run Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: May 6, 2008
- Originally Released: 1994
- Label: Universal Studios
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Snap Case
- Collectors Edition
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround - English
- Subtitles - English (SDH), French, Spanish - Optional
- Additional Release Material:
- Trailers: Theatrical Trailer
- Audio Commentary:
- John Waters - Director; Kathleen Turner - Star
- John Waters - Director
- THE KINGS OF GORE: Herschell Gordon Lewis and David Friedman
- SERIAL MOM: Surreal Moments
- Making of SERIAL MOM
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"I never say the 'P' word out loud!"
- Beverly Sutphin (Kathleen Turner), when accused of making an obscene phone call to a neighbor
"Somebody ought to kill her...give her a happy face..."
- Garbage man to Beverley when discussing a neighbor who doesn't recycle
"Now I'll never get a boyfriend!"
- Misty (Ricki Lake), after her mother is announced on the radio as a serial killer
"Chip, you know I hate the 'brown word.'"
- Beverly to her son, Chip (Matthew Lillard), after he says a certain four-letter word
"You can't wear white shoes after Labor Day!"
- Beverly to Juror #8 (Patricia Hearst)
"Do you think I need to call a lawyer'"--Beverly to Chip
"You need an agent."
Premiere - 09/01/1994
"...Polite, perverse, sublime..." - Recommended
Rolling Stone - 05/05/1994
"John Waters and Kathleen Turner bring out the sicko best in each other in SERIAL MOM. It's a killingly funny spoof of crime and nonpunishment..."
New York Times - 04/13/1994
"...Turner leaps into the most delicious role she has had in years....[Waters] concocts a cute suburban satire, a warmly funny movie that even a mother could love..."
Entertainment Weekly - 08/26/1994
"...There's a martini dryness to Waters's sick sense of humor that's perfectly embodied in Turner's performance." -- Rating: B+
USA Today - 04/13/1994
"...This is a high Waters mark....The renegade director/writer kicks the nation smack in its collective groin, marvelously mocking the oh-so-current mania over crime figures and tabloid scandals..." -- 3 1/2 out of 4 stars
Total Film - 09/01/2013
4 stars out of 5 -- "Water's spin on serial-killer films holds up as both a skewering of celebrity culture and a gleeful gore-com."
Happy homemaker Beverly Sutphin (Kathleen Turner) has a charmed life--a beautiful suburban home, a successful dentist husband (Sam Waterston), and two normal teenagers, Misty (Ricki Lake) and Chip (Matthew Lillard). But she also has a good deal of underlying rage waiting to escape....Just be sure to follow her rules: Be polite to your neighbor, always recycle, rewind your videotapes, and never, ever wear white shoes after Labor Day. When one of her son's teachers speaks disparagingly of the boy at a parent-teacher conference, Bev runs the instructor over in the school parking lot. Suddenly she has an insatiable taste for murder. Six homicides later, the cops get wise to her crimes, which are committed with weapons ranging from a leg of lamb to a fireplace poker. A media frenzy ensues, turning an unrepentant Beverly into a media celebrity.
A serial-killer comedy mixed with courtroom-drama social satire, the raunchy SERIAL MOM was John Waters's return to R-rated fare after the sweet-natured duo of HAIRSPRAY and CRY-BABY. Suburban life is duly skewered here as the serenity of Beverly's upper-middle-class surroundings are continually sullied by her comedically disturbing acts of violence. Turner appears to relish the opportunity to play such an over-the-top role, and the usual Baltimore-based supporting players make welcome appearances.
SERIAL MOM is John Waters's spoof of (and homage to) the perfect suburban housewife--and the homicidal impulses seething beneath that cheery exterior.
Black Comedy |
Cult Film |
Family Interaction |