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1 hr. 46 min.

Plot Summary
Bright young student Raymond Aibelli (Jeremy Davies) is forced to sidetrack an important medical internship because his mother, Susan (Alberta Watson), 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 (Carla Gallo). But, as Susan begins relying on her son for both physical and emotional needs, Raymond starts developing disturbing and unwanted new yearnings.

Cast: Jeremy Davies , Alberta Watson , Benjamin Hendrickson , Carla Gallo , Matthew Puckett , Judette Jones ,

Director: David O. Russell

Genres: Comedy

Distributor: Argentina Video Home, New Line Home Video [us], Fine Line Features

Spanking The Monkey (1994)

Release Date: July 15th, 1994|1 hr. 46 min.

critic reviews (10)
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  • 50
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Even so, the film's incest theme seems more symbolic than literal in what is, at heart, a comedy about escaping the womb; throwaway gags are wicked enough throughout to keep the taboo plot twist from knocking this hit-and-miss black comedy off the track. [26 Jul 1994 Pg. 08.D] show more

  • 88
    TV Guide

    Unlike so many other recent youth-oriented independent efforts, it takes on difficult, even impossible, issues with genuinely astonishing results. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    This is not a "nice" movie -- it deals with some pretty intense issues (like incest and suicide) -- but it is both bold and inventive, and works because of an unforced approach. show more

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