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Spanking the Monkey

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Spanking the Monkey

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
performer:
Jeremy Davies, Alberta Watson, Benjamin Hendrickson, Elizabeth Newett
director:
David O. Russell
distributor:
Fine Line Features
author:
David O. Russell
genre:
Drama, Comedy

We gave it a B+

A college kid (Jeremy Davies) spends a summer tending to his bored, depressive mother (Alberta Watson), and what with his sexual frustrations and her seductive behavior, incest enters the picture. David O. Russell’s well-composed, remarkably confident first feature is impressive: He gets us to worry about the boy even while we’re entertained by his predicament. B+