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Spanking the Monkey (1994)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  15 July 1994 (USA)
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Raymond Aibelli is a promising medical student ready to begin a prestigious summer internship. But Susan, his mother, is immobilized by a broken leg, and his father Tom, a travelling ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Ray Aibelli
Elizabeth Newett ...
Bus Woman
Benjamin Hendrickson ...
Tom Aibelli
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Susan Aibelli
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Toni Peck
Liberty Jean ...
Motel Woman #1
Archer Martin ...
Motel Woman #2
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Nicky
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Curtis
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Joel
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Don
Nancy Fields ...
Dr. Wilson
Judette Jones ...
Aunt Helen
Carmine Paolini ...
Mailman
Neil Connie Wallace ...
Walter Hooten
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Raymond Aibelli is a promising medical student ready to begin a prestigious summer internship. But Susan, his mother, is immobilized by a broken leg, and his father Tom, a travelling salesman, makes Raymond stay home and take care of his mother, an attractive though unhappy woman. His mother's condition leads them to a degree of immediate physical contact which Raymond finds disturbing. He soon meets Toni, a high school girl, but his sexual impulses are increasingly confused, especially since he is still upset over losing the internship. Written by Reid Gagle

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Secretos íntimos  »

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$200,000 (estimated)

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$1,359,736 (USA)
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David O. Russell:  in white T-shirt in the background at the bus stop where Ray's father picks him up. See more »

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Boom mic clearly visible when Mr Aibelli first phones Ray from the hotel room. See more »

Quotes

Ray Aibelli: [Helen keeps interrupting Ray and his mother talk] Can you do me a favor, Helen?
[shouting]
Ray Aibelli: Shut your big fat mouth!
Ray Aibelli: [moments later after she walks off the house] I'm sorry! I didn't mean to.
Aunt Helen: [crying] You said fat mouth!
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A tale of abuse and child molestation! I appreciate the guts of producers and directors for dealing with such an unpleasant subject matter
7 July 1999 | by (US) – See all my reviews

This is not a very easy subject matter to tackle. I started watching the movie on television. I kept thinking where is this thing going? My husband went to bed earlier. Next morning his first question, "did they do it?" Yeah, they did.. The topic of incest tends to make me ill, but I was just wondering to what point a parent can push a child. I do not think that the kid was out of control, but that the mother was. The whole family was out of control. A good example of a dysfunctional family. Never was positive enforcement given to that child in the entire movie. The parents expected too much from him and kept on hitting his spirit. The kid was smart enough to get an internship in Washington, D.C., but the father made him stay with the mother. She ends up seducing him. This is so sick! I cannot begin to tell how sick it is to me. When I was in Law School, we had a class called Juvenile Law, where the Professor brought in the victim and the perpetrator of the crime of incest. They sat down and told us, the students, how it happened. Both sides stated how addicting it had become. I was raised in a "Father Knows Best " type of home and the entire discussion stuck to me. Needless to say it really shocked us all! It has been years since I took that class and I can still see the face of the older man who told about committing incest with his daughter. The only solution to the problem was to have them part company forever. Interestingly in the movie the boy leaves because he appeared to know that the situation would continue. He did the right thing!

I appreciate the guts of producers and director for dealing with such an unpleasant topic because it happens and it happens a lot, unfortunately. Otherwise there would not be legislation for it. The movie won Independent Spirit Award 1995; and the Sundance Film Festival Audience Award for 1994. This was the first movie I saw that deals with the topic in such a graphic fashion.


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