Monogamy (2011)



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Increasingly anxious about his impending marriage to Nat (Rashida Jones) and thoroughly bored with his day job as a wedding photographer, Theo (Chris Messina) establishes a hobby: he's hired by clients to clandestinely snap voyeuristic photos of them as they go about their days. Things go smoothly until a sexy exhibitionist (Meital Dohan) leads him into an all-consuming obsession. As Theo stalks her day and night, the woman's mysterious public trysts send him reeling, forcing him to confront uncomfortable truths about his sex life at home. MONOGAMY is an acutely observed portrait of a relationship on the brink, a timely tale of masculinity tested by fantasy and fear of commitment. -- (C) Oscilloscope
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Meital Dohan
as Subgirl
Zak Orth
as Quinny
Madison Arnold
as Mr. Margolin
Philip Ameduri
as Chess Player
Mason Petit
as Groom
Gil Rogers
as Mr. Lasky
Jamie Richard
as Teenage Brother
Ellen Barber
as Mother of the Bride
Steven Heller
as Father of the Bride
Allison Lehman
as Flower Girl
Hannah Gilli
as Hannah
Adam Pally
as Allen
Diana Frame
as NYU Law School Girl
Noa Neve
as Tap Dancer
Neal Huff
as Dr. Ben Gleeman
Emily Tremaine
as Stationery Shop Clerk
Gail Solomon
as Hospital Administrator
Raymond Singh
as Security Guard 1
Joseph Early
as Security Guard 2
Jessie Law
as Child 1
Ella Lasky
as Child 2
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Critic Reviews for Monogamy

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (10)

The conceit is a decent idea for a thriller, if not a terribly original one, but Shapiro loses the rhythm with a plodding story and a pat ending we can see coming a mile away.

Full Review… | March 31, 2011
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Monogamy is a tough little movie. And a good one.

Full Review… | March 25, 2011
Detroit News
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There are certain filmmakers who should have their Cassavetes card revoked, and on the evidence of "Monogamy,'' Dana Adam Shapiro has joined their ranks.

Full Review… | March 24, 2011
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Shapiro puts his own stamp on voyeur cinema.

Full Review… | March 17, 2011
Los Angeles Times
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Despite the ominous feel, this is a mystery about losing or gaining lives and unknown detours.

Full Review… | March 16, 2011
New York Daily News
Top Critic

With modest resources, some nice digital camerawork and an appealing cast -- the likable Ms. Jones draws you in easily -- Mr. Shapiro keeps you engaged even when his story falters.

March 11, 2011
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Monogamy


In "Monogamy," Theo(Chris Messina), a photographer, and Nat(Rashida Jones), a guitarist, may not have much but they have each other.(Theo also plays the piano but has no wish to get up in front an audience like Nat does.) In three and a half months, they will be married, despite his father giving them grief over the lack of money they make. For Theo, that comes from photographing weddings and a side business where he pseudo-surreptitiously takes photos of clients. The latest is Penny(Meital Dohan) who tends to be more revealing than originally imagined. "Monogamy" gets off to a fine start with its natural performances. It also provides some incisive commentary on all the nonsense and stress that go along with getting married. And then after an improbable plot point, it just runs out of ideas and steam.(Even before this, any scene involving Theo's friends was sucking the oxygen out of the room.) After a while, I was so desperate for any sign of life that I would have happily accepted any cliche you could think of, but no luck there, either. In the end, the movie gets the tone of sexual frustration right while at the same time making the audience extremely frustrated.

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer


Not Bad, but not good either.Chris Messina as Theo, a guy who doesn't possess the Monogamy Gene & has no business being engaged to get married.When his Girlfriend (Rashida Jones) is in the Hospital, he doesn't answer the phone, is stalking someone else, & barely makes time to see Nat in the Hospital.I think as a Female who's been there, I was disgusted, therefore he did a great job in this role

Marilee Aschwanden
Marilee Aschwanden

Monogamy jumps around quite liberally, not bothering to explain certain scenes, which produces quite a few plot holes. As a result, it comes off as a twitchy but ultimately tedious and empty gesture.

Luke W
Luke W

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