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


Crime | Mystery | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,802,229, 5 March 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$15,427,192, 9 April 2000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$747,934, 31 December 2000
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


All the little cars are identical just in different colors (that's because they're all Yugos). See more »


When the coroner first jumps into the water to check on Mona's dead body, he is neck deep in water. For the rest of the scene, he is dry from the waist up. See more »


Mona: Why'de you pull us over Feege?
Feege: Oh let me think about that Mona, you're riding on rims and you pulled an 1107 on an officer of the law. What the hell is the matter with you son? (to Jeph)
Mona: What did you hurt him for?
Feege: He's drunk!
Mona: No he aint! Its OK baby. (to Jeph.) You're gonna pay for this Feege! You just lost your lawn service pal!
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References Auntie Mame (1958) 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 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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