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The DVD contains a commentary with John Waters, and as usual his track is every bit as entertaining as the movie. There are featurettes with all the leads talking about making this farce! It's a great package. DVD presentation is striking - good picture and sound of one of John's highest budget features.
This was probably John Waters's salute to the courtroom groupie phenomena. We can turn mass murderers into celebrities, although I wish he had captured more of the party aspect of it rather than the sale of T shirts and merchandise. Patty Hurst is even in it, and if you didn't know otherwise John Waters was one of the Patty Hurst groupies back in the day. Suzanne Sommers even makes an appearance, in probably her most signifigant screen role to date, just being herself. It was a good time and captures one of John Waters's many obsessions.
Beverly Sutphin (Kathleen Turner) seems like your ordinary stay-at-home wife and mother, but nothing could be further from the truth. Anyone who crosses her path and defiles her code of morals is instantly killed or abused, starting with neighbour Dottie Hinkle (Mink Stole) whom Beverly harrasses with shocking prank phonecalls after Dottie rudely cut her out of a parking space. Then there's the boy who broke daughter Misty's heart, impaled by a Franklin Mint fire-poker; the rude man who doesn't floss, crushed by his airborne cooler-unit; the woman who doesn't rewind her videos, bludgeoned by a lamb chop, and the list goes on...!
Beverly's murder trial takes on a life of it's own and becomes a media circus. Suzanne Somers is the frontrunner to play Beverly in a TV miniseries and Beverly acts as her own defence. Too bad about the annoying juror (Patty Hearst) who is wearing white shoes after Labour Day...
Kathleen Turner glows in her ghoulishly-gleeful turn as Beverly. John Waters directs a fine cast (including Waters stalwarts Mink Stole and Ricki Lake).
This movie is simply delightful off-kilter comedy at it's best. Ricki Lake and Matthew Lillard play Beverly's teens Misty and Chip with Sam Waterston as Beverly's guileless husband. The cast also includes Traci Lords, Scott Wesley Morgan, Walt MacPherson, Justin Whalin, Patricia Dunnock, Lonnie Horsey and Mary Jo Catlett.
Without spoiling the fun the movie makes, it contains the most hilarious murder ever committed, the best courtroom scene ever and the aftermath of it (even more funny), and the most idiotic story in the world that works. All the actors are great but Kathleen Turner is absolutely fantastic (or frenetic ?). She should have got an AA for this role. She is totally psychotic, anyway you can't help but love her. She is the perfect mother but she is too perfect and this results in some "accidents". Anyone who tries to harm her family is... in danger (to say the least)
John Waters is known for some movies in the past (Pink Flamingos, a cult trash movie for instance) but this is the best movie he's ever directed. It is a comedy as dark as the night and a superb satire. It IS trash but the best trash I've ever seen. So it is highly recommended for anyone who doesn't moralize over some silly things. Because this story is silly. If it wouldn't be then... anyway who knows what their neighbours are doing :). Maybe serial mom lives next to you but you haven't recognised her yet...
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i freaking love this movie and all the ways it skewers the myth of the modern house wife and roots out all the darkness that i feel really does pervade the suburbs.Published 5 days ago by mark gregory anderson
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