6.3/10
5,558
68 user 33 critic

Spanking the Monkey (1994)

Unrated | | Comedy , Drama | 15 July 1994 (USA)
Trailer
1:57 | Trailer

On Disc

at Amazon

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 »

Director:

David O. Russell
3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A young man, his wife, and his incompetent case worker travel across country to find his birth parents.

Director: David O. Russell
Stars: Ben Stiller, Patricia Arquette, Téa Leoni
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A husband-and-wife team play detective, but not in the traditional sense. Instead, the happy duo helps others solve their existential issues, the kind that keep you up at night, wondering what it all means.

Director: David O. Russell
Stars: Jason Schwartzman, Jude Law, Naomi Watts
Three Kings (1999)
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In the aftermath of the Persian Gulf War, four soldiers set out to steal gold that was stolen from Kuwait, but they discover people who desperately need their help.

Director: David O. Russell
Stars: George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube
Soldiers Pay (2004)
Documentary | Short | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Filmmakers Tricia Regan, David O. Russell and Juan Carlos Zaldivar interview dozens of people about the 2004 Iraq war, including soldiers, journalists, politicians, psycholgists, and even a... See full summary »

Directors: Tricia Regan, David O. Russell, and 1 more credit »
Stars: David Dreier, Matt Novak
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

A small town waitress gets a nail accidentally lodged in her head causing unpredictable behavior that leads her to Washington, D.C., where sparks fly when she meets a clueless young senator who takes up her cause - but what happens when love interferes with what you stand for?

Director: David O. Russell
Stars: Jessica Biel, Raymond L. Brown Jr., Jenny Gulley
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A writer, Ned Kendall, is asked to return to the family home by his sister Sally, to say goodbye to his father who is dying. The family home is in a very remote and isolated area. While ... See full summary »

Director: Rachel Ward
Stars: Ben Mendelsohn, Sophie Lowe, Maeve Dermody
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Director: David O. Russell
Stars: Bette Davis, Julie Follansbee, William Hickey
Drama

Carlos Marcello and his possible involvement in the murder of JFK.

Director: David O. Russell
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Davies ... Ray Aibelli
Elizabeth Newett Elizabeth Newett ... Bus Woman
Benjamin Hendrickson ... Tom Aibelli
Alberta Watson ... Susan Aibelli
Carla Gallo ... Toni Peck
Liberty Jean Liberty Jean ... Motel Woman #1
Archer Martin Archer Martin ... Motel Woman #2
Matthew Puckett ... Nicky
Zak Orth ... Curtis
Josh Philip Weinstein ... Joel
Judah Domke ... Don
Nancy Fields Nancy Fields ... Dr. Wilson
Judette Jones Judette Jones ... Aunt Helen
Carmine Paolini Carmine Paolini ... Mailman
Neil Connie Wallace Neil Connie Wallace ... Walter Hooten
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A gripping comedy about letting go. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 July 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Mão do Desejo See more »

Filming Locations:

Pawling, New York, USA

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,359,736
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Buckeye Films,Swelter Films See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Shot for around $80,000 with money coming partially from short film grants. See more »

Goofs

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!
See more »

Connections

References Murmur of the Heart (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

In Spite Of Me
Composed by Mark Sandman
Performed by Morphine
Copyright 1993 Head With Wings Music/Pubco (BMI)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Erotic for all the wrong reasons...
12 September 2007 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

An independent film that bravely confronts the subject of consensual incest is presented as a dark comedy in which ALBERTA WATSON and JEREMY DAVIES, as mother and son, have the key roles. It's their mother/son relationship at the heart of the story that is compelling and sometimes erotic--especially the scene where Davies has to massage his mother's legs and toes while they discuss why her road travelling husband isn't there to do it for her.

When the story strays to others outside this relationship, it fails to make the same connection. The father is strictly a man so obsessed with his own career that he ignores his wife. She, in turn, is a manipulative shrew who virtually seduces her son because she's a needy woman. The son's friends are depicted as total drug-happy boors and boozers whose minds are completely idle.

At times the story becomes dark and brooding--even intense--and yet there's a surface tension broken by laughter at some of the shenanigans going on in this dysfunctional, to say the least, family.

Outstanding work by JEREMY DAVIES and ALBERTA WATSON. He's highly sympathetic in his predicament all the way through and she's totally despicable in the manner by which she exerts control over him. Both show complete understanding of their difficult roles.

Summing up: Interesting tale, character-driven and flawed, but worth watching.


17 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 68 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed