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Drowning Mona (2000)



Average Rating: 4.4/10
Reviews Counted: 76
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 54

Despite Danny De Vito's top billing, Drowning Mona drowns itself in humor that never rises about sitcom level. Contributing to the Mona's problems is that the characters are never really interesting, and there is a noticeable lack of energy in the character roles


Average Rating: 4.2/10
Critic Reviews: 24
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 17

Despite Danny De Vito's top billing, Drowning Mona drowns itself in humor that never rises about sitcom level. Contributing to the Mona's problems is that the characters are never really interesting, and there is a noticeable lack of energy in the character roles



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Rage, jealousy, murder, and Eastern European automotive engineering combine in this offbeat black comedy. Verplanck, NY, is a small town north of Manhattan that has the dubious distinction of being the Yugo capital of America; the ill-fated import compact was first test-marketed in Verplanck, and nearly everyone in town drives one. So no one finds it unusual when a yellow Yugo is seen floating in the river, though seeing someone trapped inside is out of the ordinary. Verplanck's chief of police,


Drama, Comedy

Peter Steinfeld

Jul 25, 2000

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All Critics (88) | Top Critics (25) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (54) | DVD (16)

No kind of triumph of anything over anything.

January 1, 2000
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Rudely funny.

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
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My problem was that I didn't care who killed Mona Dearly, or why.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: At the Movies
At the Movies
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Too pleased with its own outrageousness.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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Mona, a screenplay dripping with contempt, gives its cast enough rope and enough bad jokes to make you feel seriously sorry for all of them.

January 1, 2000
Chicago Tribune
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The film is monumentally minor -- you'll hardly remember you saw it a week later.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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Talented cast wasted in an awful movie.

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Manages to keep up a full head of steam despite repeating the same essential jokes over and over again.

June 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

he sort of thing that will probably become a staple on Comedy Central in about five years, resting comfortably alongside such snoozers as "Once Upon A Crime" and "Who's Harry Crumb"...

June 23, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

In going out of their way to make the characters shocking and graceless, the filmmakers forgot that it's necessary for the audience to enjoy spending time with the characters.

March 24, 2001 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

It broke down like a Yugo.

February 22, 2001 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Comment (1)
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It never gives us a reason to care about the characters.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Drowning Mona doesn't add up to much, and its charms evaporate as soon as the lights come up.

January 1, 2000
Kansas City Star

Ultimately flat farce.

January 1, 2000
Edmonton Sun

Sometimes cute, the film has trouble ever working up to funny.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

Ultimately the film doesn't gather much steam, lulls from point to point, and basically just bounces around from one decent joke to another lame one and then back again.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

It just doesn't add up to the kind of laughs you want to pay to see.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire

There's nothing else here to lampoon than more poor, classless folks.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

It's like floating to the middle of a deep lake on an inner tube with a slow leak. Things may seem fine, but that sinking feeling is just a matter of time.

January 1, 2000
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Oozes condescending self-satisfaction.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Has promise, and it has occasional flare, but for the most part, it is a string of missed opportunities.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Supposed to be dark and mean-spirited, but it never goes beyond a somewhat dark shade of grey.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Drowning Mona

Borrows a lot from drawing room/dinner theater mysteries because everyone but everyone wants to see the victim dead ... and transports the action to some po-dunk upstate New York town. Alas the scenery change - nor the sad Yugo as the victim of countless sad jokes - can jump start the inertia felt here.
September 14, 2011

Super Reviewer

uummm not to shore whether this was good or not really it was vaguly amusing but not much of a story i guess different people have different taste !! give it a go !
April 14, 2009
Film Crazy

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This dark, tasteless, and cynical comedy is funny as hell, although the suggestively violent segments may repel mainstream viewers. It's a warped murder mystery involving a roster of nitwit suspects so hilariously feeble-minded that they can't help but look guilty... particularly since everybody in the entire hamlet of Verplanck, New York, loathed the victim. Peter Steinfeld aptly calls his script a "white-trash Murder on the Orient Express."
June 23, 2008
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

Admittedly, Drowning Mona has some genuinely hilarious moments. But because 90-95% of it was wandering crap with no focus or point, I can't remember those moments. Or bear to go into any more detail about this movie. If you genuinely love this movie I feel sorry for you.
May 10, 2008

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    1. Cubby: I've seen people more upset about losing change in a candy machine.
    – Submitted by Frances H (7 months ago)
    1. Ellen Rash: She deserved it. I bet property values go up.
    – Submitted by Frances H (7 months ago)
    1. Chief Wyatt Rash: [talking to Mona] When life gives you potato's, make potato salad.
    2. Mona Dearly: Life gave me a handful of shit. what do I make with that Chief?
    3. Phil Dearly: Shit salad?
    – Submitted by Lucas N (2 years ago)
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