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Spanking the Monkey A college kid (Jeremy Davies) spends a summer tending to his bored, depressive mother (Alberta Watson), and what with his sexual frustrations and her...Spanking the MonkeyDrama, ComedyUnrated A college kid (Jeremy Davies) spends a summer tending to his bored, depressive mother (Alberta Watson), and what with his sexual frustrations and her...1994-08-26Benjamin HendricksonElizabeth NewettBenjamin Hendrickson, Elizabeth NewettFine Line Features
B+

Spanking the Monkey

Genre: Drama, Comedy; Starring: Jeremy Davies, Alberta Watson, Benjamin Hendrickson, Elizabeth Newett; Director: David O. Russell; Author: David O. Russell; MPAA Rating: Unrated; Distributor: Fine Line Features

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+

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