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Spanking the Monkey (1994)
Well written black comedy about delusional young guy unable to live his dream
I decided to check out all the feature movies directed by David O'Russel after watching some random, mostly indie comedy drama movies, in search for some author oriented work.
Spanking the Monkey serves as O'Russel's feature movie debut and it surely is a black comedy. It tales a story of Raymond and his crushing dream of becoming a doctor after his father tells him he should delay his medical internship in order to care for his mother who recently fractured the leg and his father can't do this because he works as a travelling salesman.
Movie is really well written but with some undeveloped parts such as Raymond's misadventures with his "company". Many people will sympathize with the main protagonist and O'Russel masterly uses some metaphors to show in what paradoxical situation he is, for instance, when he wants to "spank the monkey" but he is always distracted by his dog. Absurdity of his situation is greatly increased as he feels sexual passion for his mother after being sexually rejected by an underage girl who she met while walking his dog.
Movie is a must see for those interested in "indie" and "coming of age" pictures including a self reflective protagonist dealing with difficulties in the most sensitive part of his/her life.