Drowning Mona
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Rage, jealousy, murder, and Eastern European automotive engineering combine in this offbeat black comedy. Verplanck, NY, is a small town north of Manhattan that has the dubious distinction of being the Yugo capital of America; the ill-fated import compact was first test-marketed in Verplanck, and nearly everyone in town drives one. So no one finds it unusual when a yellow Yugo is seen floating in the river, though seeing someone trapped inside is out of the ordinary. Verplanck's chief of police, Wyatt Rash (Danny De Vito), discovers that the deceased driver was a prominent local citizen,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 29%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"No kind of triumph of anything over anything."
‑ Gemma Files, Film.com
"Too pleased with its own outrageousness."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"Talented cast wasted in an awful movie."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"In going out of their way to make the characters shocking and graceless, the filmmakers forgot that it's necessary for the audience to enjoy spending time with the characters."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
"Drowning Mona doesn't add up to much, and its charms evaporate as soon as the lights come up."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"Rudely funny."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"Mona, a screenplay dripping with contempt, gives its cast enough rope and enough bad jokes to make you feel seriously sorry for all of them."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Manages to keep up a full head of steam despite repeating the same essential jokes over and over again."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"It broke down like a Yugo."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Ultimately flat farce."
‑ Steve Tilley, Edmonton Sun
"My problem was that I didn't care who killed Mona Dearly, or why."
‑ Roger Ebert, At the Movies
"The film is monumentally minor -- you'll hardly remember you saw it a week later."
‑ Louis B. Parks, Houston Chronicle
"he sort of thing that will probably become a staple on Comedy Central in about five years, resting comfortably alongside such snoozers as "Once Upon A Crime" and "Who's Harry Crumb"..."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"It never gives us a reason to care about the characters."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Sometimes cute, the film has trouble ever working up to funny."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
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