Drowning Mona

2000

Drowning Mona

Critics Consensus

A whodunnit that stacks its lists of suspects with wasted character actors, Drowning Mona is a twee farce that will prompt audiences to tune out before the mystery is solved.

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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, Wyatt Rash (Danny De Vito), discovers that the deceased driver was a prominent local citizen, Mona Dearly (Bette Midler), and the evidence suggests that Mona's death was no accident. But the investigation into Mona's murder is hampered by one rather significant detail: nearly everyone in town hated Mona and wanted her dead. She alienated her son Jeff (Marcus Thomas) and his business partner Bobby (Casey Affleck). Bobby's girlfriend Ellen (Neve Campbell) (who is also Rash's daughter) is convinced that Mona would have tried to drive a wedge into their relationship. Mona's husband Phil (William Fichtner) couldn't stand her and fell into an affair with Rona (Jamie Lee Curtis), the waitress at the local diner. And even Rash's sidekick, Deputy Feege (Peter Dobson), spent too much time on the wrong end of Mona's temper to care that she's dead. Before long, the question is no longer who is a suspect, but who isn't? Drowning Mona was directed by Nick Gomez, who earned positive notices for his independent films New Jersey Drive and Illtown.

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Critic Reviews for Drowning Mona

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  • Mar 01, 2014
    Drowning Mona doesn't leave an impression on you and will be forgotten quickly. Just not funny.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 08, 2013
    Drowning Mona is an odd film. One on hand the cast are impressive and offer something unconventional. The real issue is the story line and the film-making style. The just treads water for the duration and never asks more from its cast. Bette Midler needed a juicer villainous showcase and she is underused. The film attempts to complicate the film with red herrings but it never succeeds at this. The film becomes an ensemble piece a little too late and spending more time on the Affleck character wasn't the most inspired choice. DeVito was a nice inclusion but he can only do so much with so little. Drowning Mona needed to be darker or more humorous with its oddball characters to be successful. The film had potential but has vanished since release. 01/07/2020
    Brendan O Super Reviewer
  • Sep 14, 2011
    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.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 14, 2010
    I rather drive myself into a lake after seeing this.
    Joseph E Super Reviewer

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