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Spanking the Monkey (1994) 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… Unrated Comedy Drama Jeremy Davies Alberta Watson Benjamin Hendrickson Elizabeth Newett Fine Line Features
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Spanking the Monkey (1994)

MPAA Rating: Unrated

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EW's GRADE
B+

Details Rated: Unrated; Genres: Comedy, Drama; With: Jeremy Davies and Alberta Watson; 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+

Originally posted Aug 26, 1994 Published in issue #237-238 Aug 26, 1994 Order article reprints