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Spanking the Monkey (1994)

Unrated | | 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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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
Josh Philip Weinstein ...
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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A gripping comedy about letting go. See more »

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15 July 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Mão do Desejo  »

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$200,000 (estimated)

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$1,359,736 (USA)
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Trivia

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] Helen, can you do me a favor?
[shouting]
Ray Aibelli: Shut your big fat mouth for once!
Ray Aibelli: [she walks off the house] Helen. Helen, wait. I'm sorry! Ok? Please, don't go. Give me one sec... Helen? I'm sorry. I swear to God, I didn't mean to.
Aunt Helen: [crying] You said I had a fat mouth!
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Sheila
Composed by Mark Sandman
Performed by Morphine
Copyright 1993 Head With Wings Music/Pubco (BMI)
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Unflinching, yet compelling.
23 September 2001 | by (Rush,Ky) – See all my reviews

This film tends to reject the Hollywood made-for-TV oedipus complex (which is usually only expressed in undertones) scenario of a youth beset with confusion over his seemingly unhealthy relationship with his mentally ill mother, and his need to have a uncomplicated non-incestous relationship with Miss American Apple Pie. What we're presented with is a story of an independant young man who has dedicated himself to being unfettered by his emotionally distant, overzealous parents.

When his mother suffers a badly broken leg, he is called upon to take full responsibility for her care thru her entire recuperation. Very reluctantly, he is forced to acknowledge their authority yet again. He is immediately confronted with her immasculating condensations, but is unnerved by her very uninhibited demenor when under the influence of her prescribed pain-killers.

When me and my friend saw this, we were somewhat uncomfortable with the realistic candor of the actors portraying the mother and son. I can say this film, unlike any other I've seen elicits the nervous humor response far more effectively, and truly makes this worth seeing.


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