John Waters's film about a suburban mom turned serial killer lacks the bite it would need to be subversive, despite a few moments of vintage Waters tastelessness.
Beverly Sutphin (Kathleen Turner) is the image of suburban maternal perfection, crisp and polished in her spotless wardrobe of sundresses and neatly pressed jeans. She keeps a perfect house and recycles faithfully. Her dentist husband Eugene (Sam Waterston) lives happily with every middle-class
man's fantasy: an acrobatic harlot in the bedroom who cooks, irons shirts, and looks out for the children with equal enthusiasm. Plump, pretty, brainless Misty (Ricki Lake) is boy-crazy and gawky, while pallid...