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Spanking the Monkey
A gripping comedy about letting go.
Bright young student Raymond Aibelli is forced to sidetrack an important medical internship because his mother, Susan, is recovering from a broken leg. When he isn't tasked with the most mundane aspects of Susan's recuperation, Raymond finds distraction in a neighborhood girl, Toni Peck. But, as Susan begins relying on her son for both physical and emotional needs, Raymond starts developing disturbing and unwanted new yearnings.
Don't forget guys, Mother's Day in the U.S. is on Sunday, maybe you should pay Mom a visit and bring this movie along.
I've honestly never felt more uncomfortable watching a film than I did watching Spanking the Monkey. Thanks to O. Russell's confident direction, sharp writing and Davies' rounded and humanising performance, you care about this situation and these characters, which makes for incredibly awkward viewing when things get bizarre. This is presumably the aim of the film, to drag you into this world and make you feel something, anything about what is happening. What a great debut.
A fantastic example of that popular genre, incest..
Spanking the Monkey is David O Russell's astonishingly assured directorial debut. It's proudly independent in its look and feel, and unashamable in its quirkyness.
You could even say its a black comedy.
The fact is though, that it would be nothing without Jeremy Davies excellent lead performance, or O Russell's unnervingly assured direction.
It's a film too good for a title that bad.
The essential mother-son bonding film.
Really really fucked, Mr O'Russell.
I decided to check out all the feature movies directed by David O'Russel after watching some random, mostly indie comedy drama movies, in search for some author oriented work.
Spanking the Monkey serves as O'Russel's feature movie debut and it surely is a black comedy. It tales a story of Raymond and his crushing dream of becoming a doctor after his father tells him he should delay his medical internship in order to care for his mother who recently fractured the leg and his father can't do this because he works as a travelling salesman.
Movie is really well written but with some undeveloped parts such as Raymond's misadventures with his "company". Many people will sympathize with the main protagonist…
Anyone seeing SPANKING THE MONKEY for the first time might think that David O Russell has since sold out, as this sharp little movie deals with masturbation (hence the title) and more significantly with mother/son incest. The son is an excellent Jeremy Davies and his still very attractive mother is Alberta Watson, who he is tasked with looking after one summer after she falls and fractures her leg.
Despite the potentially 'shocking' subject matter, this is an unusually up-front and darkly comic coming-of-age movie which showed considerable promise. I, for one, have remained a staunch Russell fan. The man may have moved into the mainstream but his films have remained whip-smart and uncompromising and this intelligent, likeable and surprisingly sexy picture makes for a very good introduction to his work.
Not generally a fan of David O. Russell, I find his movies to be quite bland, awards season fluff.
So, it was refreshing to see that his debut film was an ultra low budget offbeat comedy.
Went in with no knowledge, and let's just say I didn't see this one coming. Good!
This was advertised as a screwball comedy. It's not that. It's a sudden descent into darkness after a period of bleak unsettlement. I don't know why I thought David O Russell's first feature would be light. It's not, it's horrible. Good though.
Jeremy Davies is so good here. Such a great drama, and one that set David O Russell on a career path that Cameron Crowe must now be looking at with envy.
The late 1980's and early 1990's were an incredible time for Independent Film. There was a sudden gush of unique and incredible film work that not only found funding but a path to cinemas.
David O. Russell was just one of many amazing filmmakers who were a part of this surprising "gush" of film.
"Spanking the Monkey" was one of the top directorial debuts of the 1990's. It was also one of the most uncomfortable and controversial of the time. It mixes comedy with some devastating moments of "truth" and dysfunction that are still cringe-worthy.
For better or worse, I am but one of many who can only think of Jeremy Davies as O'Russell's "Raymond" -- that has probably been…
David O’Russell’s debut feature was the independent black comedy Spanking The Monkey, winner of the Audience Award at The Sundance Film Festival. An original take on the coming of age comedy, the movie is expertly handled by its young director, and takes us to extremes that induce a little more than the agonising cringe that Mike Nichols 1967 classic The Graduate spurred from us, or the lampoonish hilarity that films such as The American Pie series revel in.
I haven’t seen all of O’Russell’s films, they range from the bizarre but unique comedy of existential detectives in I Heart Huckabees, to his first outing into the Hollywood action genre with Three Kings. More recently the Christian Bale/ Mark Wahlberg biographical…
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