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The "me" generation is hilariously heralded in Cyra McFadden's satiric novel that playfully jabbed the residents of California's Marin County and their whirlwind search for the ultimate lifestyle. Set just across the bay from San Francisco, "Serial" depicts a year in the life of an affluent suburb where each new trend is eagerly consumed, from organic foods and EST to group jacuzzis. Harvey Holroyd (Martin Mull) gamely suffers through the insanity in an effort to please his wife Kate (Tuesday Weld) and their pouty teenage daughter (Jennifer McAllister). An all-star comedy cast including Sally Kellerman, Tom Smothers, Bill Macy, Peter Bonerz, and screen villain Christopher Lee brings "Serial" to life in a frank, funny parody of present-day-America.
Hysterically funny shot at the California / Marin/ SF Bay fad chasing lifestyle. Tommy Smothers as a "new age" preacher, Christopher Lee as a Corporate headhunter-by-day, leader of a gay biker gang on weekends. When Martin Mull's daughter joins a krishna-type cult, he had to rally his friends for the rescue / intervention.
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An unsung comedy
This is one of those films that really captures a time and place so well with laughs all the way through. Martin Mull, Bill Macy, Peter Bonerz, Sally Kellerman and Tommy Smothers are all spot-on. A line from the movie sums it up -- "In an insane society, the sane man must appear insane." Mull is that sane man.
Give it a try. You'll enjoy it. Wish it was for rent, though.
funnier than you
Don't let the theme song fool you, this movie is hilarious, and worth watching. With radical lifestyles, gay bikers, and semi-krishnas, this thing is hilarious. With an orgy scene!