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When a woman drives a car into the river to her death, everyone in town becomes a suspect.

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Mona Dearly, a spiteful, loud-mouthed, unpopular woman dies when the car she is driving plunges off a cliff and into a river near the small upstate New York town where she lives. Wyatt Rash, the local police chief, investigates and suspects foul play in Mona's death. The whole town are suspects, including Wyatt's daughter Ellen, who is about to marry landscape artist Bobby Calzone whose business was suffering from his lazy business partner, Jeff, Mona's slow-witted son, as well as waitress Rona Mace, who was having an affair with Mona's husband. Written by <pataygs@voicenet.com>

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Who wanted to see Mona Dearly dead? Take a number. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements, language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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3 March 2000 (USA)  »

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Qui a tué Mona?  »

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$16,000,000 (estimated)

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$5,802,229 (USA) (3 March 2000)

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$15,427,192 (USA) (7 April 2000)
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"Mona Dearly" (the character played by Bette Midler) is an anagram for "Only a dream." See more »

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Roman Catholic weddings are very rarely held outside a Church. Father Tom is dressed in clerical street clothes; He should be wearing a surplice-a white garment over his clericals, and a stole--a long a long scarf-like strip which is required when a priest administers a sacrament. Catholic ceremonies never ask for objections--as the proposed wedding is announced three weeks prior at Sunday. Finally, the priest does not "pronounce" the couple marries. The bride and groom are sacramentally married when they finish exchanging vows--in essence, they marry themselves.. See more »

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Bobby Kalzone: [after Ellen slaps him after explaining what he did] What you do that for?
Ellen: [outraged] You killed Mona Dearly!
Bobby Kalzone: [chastened] I know.
Ellen: BUT WHY!
Bobby Kalzone: Because I thought I was killing Jeff!
Ellen: Bobby, my dad is the chief of police!
Bobby Kalzone: I know, but I wasn't gonna go through with it.
Ellen: It doesn't matter; you killed someone!
Bobby Kalzone: I'm sorry, but it seemed like a good idea of the time.
Ellen: A good idea of the time? 'Cut the grass at 6:00, lay sod at 7:00, DROWN THE DEARLYS AT 8:00'!
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Written by Robby Baier and Roberto C. Sweet Jr.
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Hilarious Black Comedy
7 January 2004 | by (San Francisco CA) – See all my reviews

This is a different kind of comedy -- maybe too subtle for some people's tastes -- but anyone who appreciates the dark humor in "Raising Arizona" or "Fargo" should give this movie a viewing.

Casey Affleck portrays a perfectly bewildered, hopeless, helpless suspect in the murder of The Worst Woman (Formerly) Alive, Mona Dearly. There are dozens of hilarious, subtle, and easily missed lines and facial expressions throughout the movie which define the many characters inhabiting a small town in upstate New York where Yugo once tested its cars. The town itself, and most of its denizens, are like the Yugo: simple, no- frills, unassuming, more than a little deficient in many ways, but unique and endearing in an odd, pitifully likable way.

If seeing a Yugo on the road today brings a smile to your face, see this movie. If seeing a Yugo on the road today makes you angry, see something else.


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