Drowning Mona

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2

Content: -2

Mona Dearly (Bette Midler) antagonizes almost everyone she meets. So when her car crashes into the river, drowning Mona, no one seems to mourn the loss. However, Chief Wyatt Rush (Danny DeVito) learns it was no accident and his investigation turns up plenty of suspects. Primary among them is his soon to be son-in-law, Bobby Calzone (Casey Affleck). But Rush also learns Monas husband, Phil (William Fichtner), is having an affair. And theres no love lost between Mona and her son, Jeff (Marcus Thomas). One of the more humorous points is carried throughout the film as everyone in town drives a 'Yugo' car. This often humorous look at a dysfunctional town in the midst of a murder mystery will likely draw small audiences.

While humorous, the story is filled with poor role models. In flashbacks, Mona is shown to be a mean-spirited woman who belittles and verbally abuses almost everyone. A woman is having an affair not only with Phil, but also Jeff. Partnered in a landscape business, Bobby and Jeff steadily lose customers because of Jeff's laziness. Bobby and the chief's daughter live together and although they are planning a wedding, a condoned sexual relationship causes premarital pregnancy. The chief's deputies make jokes about Jeff losing his hand in an accident and several versions are shown. Other than a wood chipper spewing blood, the accident is implied, but all involve reaching for a beer. Two women kiss and the chief tells his daughter he experimented in college, implying homosexual activity. Along with numerous regular profanities and obscenities, the sexually suggestive content makes DROWNING MONA a losing proposition.

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
Destination Films, 1401 Ocean Ave., Ste 301 Santa Monica, CA 90401

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (41) times - Mild 16, moderate 25

Obscene Language: Many (21) times - F-word 1, s-word 15, other 5

Profanity: Many (19) times - Regular 18 (GD 3, J/C 10, G 2, G forbid, Csake, Swear to G), exclamatory once

Violence: Several times (car crash into pond, woman punched, man hit w/fry pan, scenes of hand cut off - not shown, woman breaks carlights, gun threat, man/woman choked, man drowned)

Sex: Implied several times (couples in motel room)

Nudity: None; Near Nudity - several times (women in underwear, men in boxer shorts)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Woman says company name sounds like sex act, couple meet at motel, sensuous kissing, woman tells man theyre pregnant, man touches womans clothed breast, man scratches crotch, man takes pictures of undressing woman, woman has affair with father and son)

Drugs: Many times - beer drinking, strong alcohol in bar, cigarettes

Other: Man vomits on cop, woman plans overcharge police, drunken priest curses

Running Time: 91 minutes
Intended Audience: Older teens and adults

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