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Spanking the Monkey (1994)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama | 15 July 1994 (USA)
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About to stay a summer internship, promising young medical student, Raymond Aibelli's mother, Susan, breaks her leg. Housebound and immobile, his father, Tom, makes Raymond stay home and ... See full summary »

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

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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
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Storyline

About to stay a summer internship, promising young medical student, Raymond Aibelli's mother, Susan, breaks her leg. Housebound and immobile, his father, Tom, makes Raymond stay home and take care of her. Susan's a troubled woman, and along with Raymond's own emotional strains, it leads them to intimate physical contact, which Raymond finds uneasy. He soon meets a high school girl, Toni, but his ability to handle starting a relationship with her is difficult, due to the emotionally troubling recent events in his life. Written by Reid Gagle

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Get a grip on yourself. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 July 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Spanking the Monkey See more »

Filming Locations:

Pawling, New York, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,396, 17 July 1994

Gross USA:

$1,359,736

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,359,736
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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!
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Connections

References The Graduate (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Sheila
Composed by Mark Sandman
Performed by Morphine
Copyright 1993 Head With Wings Music/Pubco (BMI)
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Unflinching, yet compelling.
23 September 2001 | by lazersightsSee all my reviews

This film tends to reject the Hollywood made-for-TV oedipus complex (which is usually only expressed in undertones) scenario of a youth beset with confusion over his seemingly unhealthy relationship with his mentally ill mother, and his need to have a uncomplicated non-incestous relationship with Miss American Apple Pie. What we're presented with is a story of an independant young man who has dedicated himself to being unfettered by his emotionally distant, overzealous parents.

When his mother suffers a badly broken leg, he is called upon to take full responsibility for her care thru her entire recuperation. Very reluctantly, he is forced to acknowledge their authority yet again. He is immediately confronted with her immasculating condensations, but is unnerved by her very uninhibited demenor when under the influence of her prescribed pain-killers.

When me and my friend saw this, we were somewhat uncomfortable with the realistic candor of the actors portraying the mother and son. I can say this film, unlike any other I've seen elicits the nervous humor response far more effectively, and truly makes this worth seeing.


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