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Drowning Mona

2000, Comedy, 1h 35m

77 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings

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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. Read critic reviews

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Movie Info

The recently deceased Mona Dearly (Bette Midler) was many things: an abusive wife, a domineering mother, a loud-mouthed neighbor and a violent malcontent. So when her car and corpse are discovered in the Hudson River, police Chief Wyatt Rash (Danny DeVito) immediately suspects murder rather than an accident. But, since the whole community of Verplanck, N.Y., shares a deep hatred for this unceasingly spiteful woman, Rash finds his murder investigation overwhelmed with potential suspects.

Cast & Crew

Danny DeVito
Chief Wyatt Rash
Bette Midler
Mona Dearly
Casey Affleck
Bobby Calzone
Marcus Thomas
Jeff Dearly
Peter Dobson
Deputy Feege
Paul Ben-Victor
Deputy Tony Carlucci
Paul Schulze
Deputy Jimmy D.
Mark Pellegrino
Murph Calzone
Raymond O'Connor
Father Tom Stowick
Lisa Rieffel
Valerie Antonielli
Al Corley
Producer
Danny DeVito
Executive Producer
Michael Shamberg
Executive Producer
Stacey Sher
Executive Producer
Jonathan Weisgal
Executive Producer
Michael Tavera
Original Music
Richard Pearson
Film Editing
Jeff Kushner
Film Editing
Richard Toyon
Production Design
Karen Agresti
Set Decoration
Terry Dresbach
Costume Design
Wendi Lampassi
Second Assistant Director
Maura Naughton
Second Unit Director
Ken Dufva
Foley Artist
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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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