Monday, June 2, 2008

Knife-Wielding Homemaker

ImageSerial Mom (Universal)
John Waters’ gleeful black comedy concerns a mild-mannered suburban housewife’s enchant for killing neighbors and others who get in her way. Being a Waters movie, of course, there’s a general air of silliness hanging over it, but Serial Mom escapes the usual John Waters dustbin by a versatile cast (Sam Waterston, Ricki Lake, Patty Hearst) that’s led by Kathleen Turner, who gives the kind of performance that her gifts for physical comedy in early films like The Man with Two Brains only hinted at. It's obvious that Hollywood has misused an actress who could have become our greatest madcap comedienne since Lucille Ball.
Waters and Turner commentary; retrospective interviews and featurettes.

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