Drowning Mona (2000)

PG-13  |   |  Crime, Mystery, Comedy  |  3 March 2000 (USA)
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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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1 murder. 460 prime suspects. Not so much of a 'who done it' as a 'who didn't'. See more »


Crime | Mystery | Comedy

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

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Release Date:

3 March 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Qui a tué Mona?  »

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Box Office


$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$15,427,192 (USA) (7 April 2000)

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Every character's automobile has personalized plates. See more »


When Chief Wyatt Rash gets into his car to check Bobby's alibi with Murph, camera is visible in car door reflection. See more »


Ellen: Yeah, but you're not even supposed to get that far, you're supposed to have that thing in your head that goes off and says, 'bad FUCKING idea, Bobby!'
Bobby Kalzone: I have that thing! I have that thing. It just didn't go off.
Ellen: [pause] Yeah, well, I'm pregnant.
Bobby Kalzone: What? You're pregnant? That's great!
Ellen: Uh huh! I thought so too, till a moment ago. I can't believe you killed someone!
[gets up to leave]
Bobby Kalzone: Where you going?
Ellen: Home!
Bobby Kalzone: We need milk.
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References Fletch (1985) See more »


Sure As I'm Sittin' Here
Written by John Hiatt
Performed by Three Dog Night
Courtesy of MCA Records
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An Unexpected Intellectual Comedy
5 December 2004 | by (Port Elizabeth, South Africa) – See all my reviews

Drowning Mona is now a cult favorite of mine. The script is unusual yet amazingly funny. Every time I watch this movie, my understanding of its comedic genius grows. Especially for English language buffs, this film's edgy and blatant use of word order and delivery are what make it so hilarious. No line is extraneous or meaningless--they all add up to one hell of a funny film. I'd recommend this to serious movie goers who enjoy an intellectual thrill, a script that puts faith in the audience's ability to understand and not be told outright. If you crave a change from the typical Hollywood Blockbuster formula of drugs, sex, violence, and sentimental life lessons, watch this film. It still manages to deliver action and comedy--but are you smart enough to watch it?

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