Picks and Pans Review: Serial

updated 05/05/1980 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/05/1980 AT 01:00 AM EDT

It's so easy to goof on California's Marin County, man. Like, it's the kind of a space where a shrink, played by Peter Bonerz, can give a kid a Gay Bruce doll to work through his hostilities. And a hot tub isn't something you draw in a bathroom—it's for when you're feeling hassled. So this movie's vibes—taken from the Cyra McFadden satire—are so negative that they're really a kick. Martin (Fernwood 2-Night) Mull is this dude who has not mellowed out. He's into the most bizarre behavior, like wearing suits, fearing orgies, hating lentil loaf and despising minister Tom Smothers, who does the most beautiful pair-bondings. His wife, Tuesday Weld, can't really relate to him—after all, she has had her consciousness raised by pals like Sally Kellerman in her women's group, and their daughter has joined a love cult. Director Bill Persky's dizzyingly intercut vignettes of life in the bike lane are a riot. So is the movie. Really. (R)

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