Spanking the Monkey (1994)
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as Raymond Aibelli
as Susan Aibelli
as Tom Aibelli
as Bus Woman
as 1st Motel Woman
as Dr. Wilson
as 2nd Motel Woman
as Walter Hooten
as Fran Gibson
as Fran's Son
as Dr. Marcus
as Dr. Peck
Critic Reviews for Spanking the Monkey
David O. Russell's gleefully subversive family saga offers a twisted coming of age tale that begins realistically before pushing its characters over rhe edge into lunacy.
Plays as a bad middle-class suburban joke that hits the right note between satire and being a shocker.
A very intriguing independent movie with stong performances.
Excellent art-house dark comedy with a strange, incestuous theme.
An outrageous, assured debut from a talented new director.
Audience Reviews for Spanking the Monkey
Unlike with a lot of people, incestuous relationships don't crawl under my skin and disgust me. That part of the movie was actually the only thing about it I found watchable. What I DIDN'T find tolerable was this abhorrently unstable protagonist and his self-centered personality. I got so tired of him and his whining during the second half of the movie that continuing to view it was a difficult endeavor. Seriously, Ray has problems, and I'm not even talking about his vibrant curiosity for having a relationship with his mother. Knowing drama queens in real life is bad enough. Watching them in a film doesn't help. There were just a lot of things about the film I thought could have gone a lot better. The first half of the story was fine. As soon as Ray started acting like a complete prick is when I was no longer interested in it. I love drama, but this character was just unlikeable in every aspect. Good to watch, if you can get over Ray's irritating whimpering.
"A gripping comedy about letting go." David O. Russell burst onto the scene with this challenging and controversial film about an introverted college student and the incestuous disaster of a summer that follows his freshman year.
Spanking The Monkey is probably one of the best Dark Comedies I have ever seen. Jeremy Davies has always been a good actor and has never put out a bad performance, even in Twister when he had four or five scenes, he is just a quirky and very talented actor. Great movie, really great acting, and a very interesting plot make Spanking The Monkey essential viewing for lovers of Independent Cinema.
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