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""Honor thy wife, and everyone else's.""

Serial is a raucous comedy that was written by Michael Elias and Rich Eustis. Based upon the book, The Serial: A Year in the Life of Marin County by Cyra McFadden, the film was produced by Sidney Beckerman. Directed by Bill Persky, the film features an ensemble cast of Martin Mull, Tuesday Weld, Jennifer McAllister, Sally Kellerman, Sam Chew Jr., Anthony Battaglia and Bill Macy.

The story follows the very uptight Harvey Holroyd who lives in the upscale Marin County, California area in the 1970s. While he continues to lose his patience, his wife Kate and friends are thoroughly engrossed in the new age psychobbable consciousness of the times. Adding to his consternation is his rebellious teen daughter Joanie getting ready to join a cult.

Sam, Harvey’s best friend is also having major marital problems. Harvey is under a great deal of stress as he attempts to climb the corporate ladder to gain a better paying job through headhunter, Luckman.

As their marital problems grow, Harvey and Kate decide to separate. Each has become sexually involved with another, even if rather awkwardly. Harvey attempts to avoid the sexual advances of his new secretary, Stella. She nonetheless manages to lure him into an orgy. He instead begins to date the free-spirited and only 19 year old Marlene, a strict vegetarian and supermarket clerk.

Kate hooks up with Paco, an Argentinian bisexual and aspiring artist who trims her dog’s hair for a living. As daughter Joanie continues to be unhappy at home, she is finally lured into a cult, going voluntarily at first. She finds tranquility and peace initially, but eventually finds that she is imprisoned in the big city house.

Harvey and Kate decide to get back together for the sake of their daughter. They indulge in a blackmail scheme born from a revelation that involves recruiter, Luckman. A gay motorcycle gang is enlisted to help them rescue their daughter. Ultimately, the Holroyd family is back intact and embarks upon preparing for their new life in Denver where Harvey has secured a better job.

R
| 1980 | 1 hr 30 min | 6.7/10
Cast
Martin Mull, Tuesday Weld, Jennifer McAllister, Sam Chew Jr.
Director
Bill Persky, Terence Young
Language
English
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