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Serial - comedy DVD review
SERIAL Rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America curledupdvd.com rating: 4 1/2 stars
Actors: Martin Mull, Tuesday Weld, Christopher Lee, Tom Smothers, Sally Kellerman
Directors: Bill Persky   Distributor: Legend Films
DVD release:01 July 2008   Runtime: 92 minutes (1 disc)
Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC, Widescreen
DVD features: Audio (English)

Serial stars Martin Mull as Harvey Holroyd, a cynical, middle-aged Everyman struggling with his life and career in the late Seventies. The dwindling hippie culture still has a firm grasp on his wife (Tuesday Weld) and her circle of friends, who get together once a week to discuss the latest psychobabble other matters of enlightenment. He shares his daily commute with his best friend, Sam, discussing the various issues of the day and their respective marriages. The stresses take their toll on the two, and before too long they are estranged from their wives, dating 19-year-olds and attempting to make up for lost time. A family emergency helps Harvey to repair his marriage, while Sam's life takes a turn for the worse.

Along the way they run into a "religious man of the people" played by Tommy Smothers and a professional headhunter (the job-recruiter type) played by Christopher Lee. Both have their own brand of advice for Harvey and provide a nice segue from the free-love Seventies to the dollar-obsessed Eighties.

As a comedy, Serial succeeds marvelously - I laughed out loud through most of this film. As a young'un, I have no personal experience with any of the situations portrayed in this film, but that had no effect on the movie for me. It's a great film about marriage and dealing with life's ups and downs and the people you meet along the way. This one is near the top.
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reviewed by Ryan Strampe
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