This is pretty frustrating.
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 can't be the only one who thought that was Charlie Sheen on the poster.
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.
A comedy about as black as they come, David O. Russell's Spanking the Monkey thrives off it's subdued nature, strikingly different than most of Russell's work. My fundamental issue with most of Russell's films is that his pension for the flamboyant often devalues his narratives. He makes compelling films about fascinating dynamics, familial or otherwise, but the loudness of all his characters alienate me. He takes the most unique trait out of each character, and highlights it until that character is fundamentally defined by said trait, losing their humanity or relatability along the way.
Spanking the Monkey is vastly different, told in such a modest and patient manner I couldn't believe it was Russell's debut film. It's story centers on…
The essential mother-son bonding film.
Whatever it is that people see in David O. Russell, I just don't get it. To me, his movies are gimmicky and shallow, and his debut SPANKING THE MONKEY was no different. This one did, for the obvious reasons, kept me on the edge of my seat. Russell builds a lot of intrigue around the story of a young man's increasingly inappropriate relationship with his mother over the course of a summer. She's bed-ridden because of a broken leg. His father orders him to care for her. So he gives up his prestigious internship so that his salesman father can go on the road. And thing progress, with his mother, from emptying her bedpan to incest. Nothing boring here. I…
I should start a list of movies that I should've watched while preparing for my thesis film. David O. Russel's first film, this perverse summer comedy feels like Solondz-lite.
Spanking the Monkey follows Ray, a college Freshman who's come home for the summer before he heads off to a fancy DC internship. When he arrives home though, he finds out that he will have to forego the internship to take care of his bed-ridden mother. Tensions run high as cabin fever starts to set in and Ray's little family home begins to feel smaller and smaller. The classic tale of an over protective mother but with a dark spin, it makes for a great debut film that truly encapsulates the 90s indie film scene.
I really do fucking adore this film. Jeremy Davies is the god damned man.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Pretty grassy. Lots of grass around. If you like movies that have a lot or some grass in them - this is the one for you. Title is funny. I don't know. Movie doesn't feel like it too much. I honestly expected endless masturbations. Oh well. Still not too bad.
Happy Mother's Day !
Disturbing piece of work from David O. Russell, the darkness of which I really wasn't expecting. I enjoyed FLIRTING WITH DISASTER more for its pleasure and its excitability, but this film is dour, tragic, misanthropic. I didn't know and it came as a shock to the system; but it didn't keep me from admiring Jeremy Davies and the late Alberta Watson, who was really spectacular. And the comedy here...how sublime and unlaughable and special. A tone I've really never seen executed so well.
There is a duel at the heart of Spanking The Monkey between one of the weirdest films I have ever seen and the type of kooky dysfunctional family drama that I more readily associate with David O. Russell, and I can't help but feel it would have been much improved if it committed whole heartedly to one or the other.
A movie about a sad guy who spends a whole summer trying to jerk off in peace.
Ray just wants to go to medical school. More than that, he has a great opportunity at hand: he's got a big chance with a paper he's writing to be selected as one of the ten interns for the Surgeon General in DC. But there's a hitch, an annoying and bib and personal one: his mother, a depressive, has broken her leg quite badly and is in bed and needs help to do basic things: go to the bathroom, take a shower, have meals, etc. So Ray's father, a traveling salesman (and a louse, which we see in snippets though sadly the rest of the family never quite knows about if suspects), tells Ray he has to do this, no…
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