While Barry Levinson left Baltimore for Hollywood and made good, John Waters stayed
home and made bad with a series of outlandish films about the aches and joys of being
different. Over his career he has prodded our staid, suburban norms and mores with edgy
verve and humor. But this outsider has come in from the cold to be accepted, praised,
and now hung as an urban icon in the National Portrait Gallery.
In the satirical comedy "Serial Mom" Kathleen Turner plays what appears to be a typical
suburban wife and mother. Her tendency to overreact to slights and misunderstanding
escalates into a crime spree that cuts a swath of destruction through her family and
community. You’ll laugh or turn away in horror or both.
Rated R for strong language and violence.
Post-film discussion led by Mary Stanley and Winnie Bernat.
About the director John Waters
Other background on the film
A selection of reviews of the film