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Drowning Mona

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Talented cast wasted in an awful movie.

Movie PG-13 2000 96 minutes
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age 17+

Based on 1 parent review

age 17+


Quirky movie. It’s a comedy, meant to be silly.,,a caricature of this small town...let’s not take it too seriously but enjoy the odd characters. So many great ones and great actor/comedians.

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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.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: March 3, 2000
  • On DVD or streaming: July 25, 2000
  • Cast: Bette Midler , Danny DeVito , Neve Campbell
  • Director: Nick Gomez
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: Columbia Tristar
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 96 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: some thematic elements, language and brief sexuality
  • Last updated: September 11, 2023

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