Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. USA, 1994. Savoy Pictures, Polar Entertainment Corporation, Saul Zaentz Film Center. Screenplay by John Waters. Cinematography by Robert M. Stevens. Produced by John Fielder, Mark Tarlov. Music by Basil Poledouris. Production Design by Vincent Peranio. Costume Design by Van Smith. Film Editing by Janice Hampton, Erica Huggins.
Taking on America’s obsession with the ‘American dream’, John Waters makes one of his funniest comedies. Beverly Sutphin (Kathleen Turner in top form) is a June Cleaver-like housewife who bakes cookies, recycles diligently and makes her kids’ breakfasts every morning. Everything about her is completely normal…except that she’s also a serial killer. A lucky serial killer, too, because she never seems to have too much trouble getting away with everything. Sam Waterston is great as her hapless husband, and Matthew Lillard and Ricki Lake star as her children. Great fun is poked at our obsession with murderers, and how criminals end up being celebrities under our fascinated gaze.