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Drowning Mona (2000)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 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.

Director:

Nick Gomez

Writer:

Peter Steinfeld
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny DeVito ... Chief Rash
Bette Midler ... Mona Dearly
Neve Campbell ... Ellen
Jamie Lee Curtis ... Rona
Casey Affleck ... Bobby
William Fichtner ... Phil Dearly
Marcus Thomas ... Jeff Dearly
Peter Dobson ... Feege
Kathleen Wilhoite ... Lucinda
Tracey Walter ... Clarence
Will Ferrell ... Cubby
Paul Ben-Victor ... Carlucci
Paul Schulze ... Jimmy D.
Mark Pellegrino ... Murph
Raymond O'Connor ... Father Tom
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Storyline

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 is suspect, including Wyatt's daughter Ellen, who is about to marry landscape artist Bobby Calzone, whose business suffers 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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The death of Mona Dearly wasn't so much a whodunnit, as a who didn't. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Qui a tué Mona? See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Kathleen Wilhoite (Lucinda) and Melissa McCarthy (Shirley) appeared on Gilmore Girls (2000). See more »

Goofs

There are occasional glimpses of palm trees in the background indicating that the film was shot in southern California rather than the story setting of New York State. See more »

Quotes

Jeff Dearly: Where's my car?
Deputy Jimmy D.: Well Jeff, it's a little bit more serious than you're car.
[pause]
Jeff Dearly: Would someone mind tellin me what the hell's goin on?
Deputy Tony Carlucci: Your mother drove her car into the lake Jeff, I'm afraid she's dead.
Jeff Dearly: What was she doing in my car?
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References Xanadu (1980) See more »

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Jeans On
Written by David Dundas and Roger Kellaway
Performed by David Dundas
Courtesy of Chrysalis Copyrights Ltd.
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Highly recommended for "black comedy" junkies .............
25 June 2010 | by merklekranzSee all my reviews

In a town full of "Yugo" cars, and mentally challenged residents, we find fertile ground for a terrific dark comedy. Bette Midler plays Mona, a monstrous woman everybody has a reason to hate. When her Yugo plunges into the lake due to foul play, no one seems to care that she is dead, and everyone is a suspect in "Drowning Mona". William Fichtner absolutely steals this movie, as Mona's "battered husband", who likes to play "Wheel of Fortune" with Jamie Lee Curtis. Meanwhile, Danny DeVito, as the sheriff, has plenty of suspects, including his future son-in law. If you enjoy "black comedies" like "Ruthless People" or "Eating Raoul", this is a must see, and comes highly recommended. - MERK


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