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Serial (1980)





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In this trenchant comedy comment on 1980s lifestyles, Martin Mull plays the father of a Marin County family that succumbs to every silly fad coming down the pike. Mull tries to distance himself from his family's idiocies, but he's always the man who pays the piper.

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Martin Mull
as Harvey Holroyd
Tuesday Weld
as Kate Holroyd
Jennifer McAllister
as Joanie Holroyd
Ann Weldon
as Rachel
Peter Bonerz
as Leonard
Christopher Lee
as Luckman/Skull
Mark Taylor
as Cult Member #1
John Thompson
as Store Manager
Mark L. Taylor
as Cult Member 1
Peter Horton
as Cult Member #4
Jay Currin
as Cult Member #6
Billy Sands
as Bartender
Sam Denoff
as Painter
Mark Rasmussen
as Tony Wilson
Bill Jelliffe
as Man on Ferry
Steve Holladay
as Stunt Biker
Scott Paulin
as Hip Caterer
Jophery C. Brown
as Stunt Biker
Anthony Fusco
as Hip Caterer
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Critic Reviews for Serial

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

... for all of that, Serial just isn't very good. I think maybe that's because the characters are seen almost exclusively as caricatures.

July 22, 2019 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

The games played by swinging young marrieds were satirized ten years ago in Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, while the estian jargon was skewered more savagely in Semi-Tough. Serial fails to find new twists on these tired old jokes.

November 3, 2021 | Full Review…

The film is ruthless in bidding a not-so-fond farewell to the Me Decade.

July 15, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Serial is a whimsical parable about the burdens of always trying to stay up-to-date.

January 29, 2004 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Serial


A hilarious movie about family, fads, and the 70s. An interesting cast too, especially Christopher Lee, who is too funny. I highly recommend this comedy.

Aj V
Aj V

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