Serial Mom (1994, USA) C-95m. ** D: John Waters. Starring Kathleen Turner, Sam Waterston, Ricki Lake, Matthew Lillard, Mary Lo Catlett, Justin Whalin, Patricia Dunnock, Mink Stole, Patricia Hearst, Suzanne Somers, Traci Lords. Another one of writer-director Waters' suburban fantasies. Perfect housewife Turner would do anything to protect her family and her values, even kill, which she has been doing with the same care as she does her household chores. Nobody believes she could be the wanted killer in the neighborhood. Makes its point early on, but remains funny enough for the rest of the movie. Turner is terrific, even in unnecessary, predictable courtroom finale. Waters' fans shouldn't be disappointed. That's his voice as Ted Bundy on the tape.

© Ron Altman