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Drowning Mona (2000)

Danny DeVito , Bette Midler , Nick Gomez  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Danny DeVito, Bette Midler, Neve Campbell, Jamie Lee Curtis, Casey Affleck
  • Directors: Nick Gomez
  • Writers: Peter Steinfeld
  • Producers: Danny DeVito, Al Corley, Bart Rosenblatt, Eugene Musso, Jonathan Weisgal
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 25, 2000
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004TJJX
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,233 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Drowning Mona" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Deleted scenes with director's commentary

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After years of driving the town crazy, Mona Dearly (Bette Midler) drove herself into a river. But when this twist of fate turns out to be an act of murder, Chief of Police Wyatt Rash (Danny DeVito) has his work cut out for him. The obnoxious Mona is survived by a town full of enemies, aka prime suspects, including her cheating husband (William Fichtner), his mistress (Jamie Lee Curtis), a heartless son (Marcus Thomas), the police chief's daughter (Neve Campbell) and her fiance (Casey Affleck). To know Mona Dearly was to hate her, and the big mystery isn't who would want to see her dead...but who wouldn't. Now, Chief Rash tries to figure out who to blame but the town just wants to know who to thank.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure fun August 11, 2005
Format:DVD
Do not watch "Drowning Mona" if you're expecting something as deep as an Ingmar Bergman flick. On the other hand, if you enjoy outrageously black comedy, sit back, turn up the volume a little higher than usual to catch some of the very witty one-liners and enjoy.

Bette Midler is a nightmare come true. A small-town shrew whom everyone hates. Thus it takes only a few scenes to set up the cheering section as she gets into her son's car, roars off down the road, hits the brakes to slow for a turn . . . and plunges over a cliff when the brakes fail. Not only does no one care about Mona's fate, but one of Police Chief Danny DeVito's cops says to forget about it when DeVito suggests an investigation.

The probable suspect is none other than Affleck, who is to become DeVito's son-in-law within a matter of days.

The movie now becomes Agatha Christie on steroids or worse as DeVito tries to find out who sabotaged Midler's brakes. No one is unhappy that Midler is gone. Not her son, not her husband, not her husband's lover, the town eccentric or anyone else. Mona was not well liked. Of course, just about everyone is a suspect.

Sure, the plot has as much thickness as a shirtboard. But the writing is witty and bright and the acting by DeVito, Midler, Jamie Lee Curtis, Affleck and everyone else is top-notch.

Pure and simple, this is a fun movie, a black comedy that never takes itself seriously, but is well directed and well measured. As one movie studio used to say "that's entertainment" and "Drowning Mona" most definitely is entertaining.

Jerry
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Come on free spin!!! March 26, 2006
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I'm still laughing! Bette Midler is great as the bitchy Mona who drives everyone crazy, and due to the tampering on the breaks of a Yugo, finally drives herself into a river. A hilarious who-done-it with so many great parts, it's hard to think of which scene inspired more laughs. The choice of car (Yugo) was wonderful because many of my generation's movie viewers will find it funny that Mona got the engine started in the first place! This was a grand choice of 'graduation presents' purchased by parents, and those of us stuck with them knew that 'You go nowhere in a Yugo'... You know the town is off their rockers when most of the characters are driving this type of vehicle from h---- around.

Chrissy K. McVay - Author
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great acting and a near perfect story May 29, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
It will go without saying five minutes into this movie that it is unlike any other movie you've seen. This sometimes dark, sometimes slapstick, sometimes subtle comedy boasts one of the most intriguing casts to date. There are a number of recognizable faces, Danny DeVito, Bette Midler, Jamie Lee Curtis (to name a few), that brighten up the screen just that much. But to be honest, it was the roles played by Casey Affleck, Marcus Thomas, and William Fichtner especially that made `Drowning Mona' so enjoyable for me. The movie itself goes back and forth between present time and flashbacks containing moments of a living Mona Dearly, who dies rather abruptly at the very beginning of the film. I think too many people say the plot it predictable. I was more than entertained for the entire movie and I never actually KNEW who actually killed Mona. Sure I had my predictions, and who doesn't. The point is that the movie's very funny and actually quite smart.
Once we see Mona Dearly fly over a cliff in a car, the sense of craziness sets in. Your basic human instincts will at first allow you to feel bad for Mona (I hope). But once you see every person in town partying and laughing over her "timely" death, you can't help but play along. The part where Jeff, Mona's son played by Marcus Thomas, asks the police why Mona was driving his car while popping open a beer is absolutely priceless! The main characters in the film are Bobby Calzone (Casey Affleck) and Chief Rash (DeVito). Chief Rash is the only person in town who cares about Mona's death. Well, maybe it's more that it's his job than he really cares. Heck, even his co-workers could care less. Bobby also (kind of) feels sorry for Mona, but is allowed to laugh and enjoy the situation thanks to his fiancé Ellen (Neve Campbell).
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all-time favorite dark comedies! July 31, 2006
Format:DVD
If you're the sort that dislikes dark comedies or just don't see the humor in them, then stay away. You're not meant for this amazing gem of satire, but for those of you like me, who appreciate what makes things different in life, you people will understand. Regardless of Yugos and Wheel of Fortune references, there is much to love about Drowning Mona. Mona (played fabulously by Bette Midler, and trust me, watching this movie is worth it for her performance alone) is a mean, horrible woman that the whole small town she lives in hates for varying reasons (and you'll see them, all incredibly funny). She takes a drive one day only to run off the road, straight off a cliff and right into her death. But her husband Phil (William Fichtner) and her son Jeff don't seem all that bothered by her death. Nor does anyone else in the town. In fact, everyone's elated that she's gone. But the police chief (Danny Devito) is determined to get to the bottom of this mystery no matter what. Drowning Mona also features great performances from Neve Campbell, Casey Affleck and Jamie Lee Curtis. Drowning Mona is at the top of my list of favorite movies. It is not for everyone though, so if you're one of those people who need shiny-happy-Hollywood to consider it a good movie, you've been warned. For those of you with a thirst for dark comedies, don't miss Drowning Mona. You'll want to watch it again and again. Absolutely positively without a doubt recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Sarcastic movie
I've heard people say this movie was "slow" it was "boring" that the humor wasn't up to par. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Cate OBrien
4.0 out of 5 stars Buy a used copy of the DVD - you'll like it.
A lot of tongue in cheek humor - typical Bette Midler style.

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Published 9 days ago by Nick H.
1.0 out of 5 stars I mean woah.
It's hard to finish this movie. It's too boring.
Published 9 days ago by Matthew R. Vassaur
5.0 out of 5 stars Whoooaaaa Mona Dearly......
Awesome movie, completely underrated and I don't know how! It is hilarious and has many big stars in it, oh well, I get it.
Published 12 days ago by King Dingaling
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
It has a great crew and is very well developed. I am impressed that movie didn't get very popular.
Published 26 days ago by Renato A. Dupke
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
Great movie; I've seen it many, many times. For first timers, watch it a second time. Without giving anything away, there was a flaw in the writing, you won't understand why a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Skubeedoo
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny-- I highly recommend this movie.
One of my favorite movies of all time. When I tell my friends about it, most haven't heard of it, which is sad because it's sooooo good!
Published 1 month ago by sonya payne
5.0 out of 5 stars strange and funny
I did not get this movie from Amazon. But I have to tell you it is a dumb movie that will make you laugh. I have had this movie for years. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great
Published 2 months ago by gonefishingii
5.0 out of 5 stars crazy-funny-warped humor
Hilarious,warped humor. Just exactly what I needed to laugh out loud. Great cast of characters. Shipped promptly and well and in great co dition-this was one of the few items I... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Laura L. Donaldson
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