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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Violence & Scariness
Comic violence, including murders, animal abuse, hand chopped off.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual references and situations, including bondage.
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Some strong language.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Lots of drinking and smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the movie includes sexual references and situations (including a brief shot of a couple in bondage outfits), an out-of-wedlock pregnancy, a character's hand being chopped off (and many shots of the stump), a lot of drinking and smoking, a girl/girl kiss, a threatened suicide, and, of course, murders. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Maybe they thought they were going to make another Fargo; that's the only possible explanation for the time this talented cast spent making this awful movie. There are movies that paint small town America as an idyllic oasis of charming quirkiness and family values. Then there are movies like DROWNING MONA that portray it as teeming viper pits of stupidity, cupidity, and sex in cheap motels.
Any movie that tries to wring humor with Yugos and funny character names (Mona Dearly, Officer Rash, Bobby Calzone) is going down for the third time, and no one should bother to throw it a life preserver. There are a couple of funny lines, and the cast is game, but it just doesn't work. In keeping with the 1970s setting, Casey Affleck has a doe-eyed Shawn Cassidy look. Neve Campbell, as his fiancee, shows a nice asperity and a light touch with comedy. Midler is disappointingly uninteresting as the title character, and the ultimate resolution of the murder mystery is both obvious and unsatisfying.
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