Spanking the Monkey
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Spanking the Monkey
David O. Russell burst onto the scene with this challenging and controversial film about an introverted college student and the incestuous disaster of a summer that follows his freshman year. Ray Aibelli (Jeremy Davies) returns home for what is supposed to be a short visit with his family prior to leaving for Washington D.C., where he will intern in the surgeon general's office. Ray's plans are quickly scuttled by his acerbic and controlling father (Benjamin Hendrickson), a salesman leaving on an extended business trip, who strong-arms Ray into caring for his depressed mother (Alberta… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A bitingly funny tale of frustrated sexuality."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"A very intriguing independent movie with stong performances."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Quirky is too mild a word for it."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"David O. Russell's gleefully subversive family saga offers a twisted coming of age tale that begins realistically before pushing its characters over rhe edge into lunacy."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Excellent art-house dark comedy with a strange, incestuous theme."
‑ Brian Mckay,
"a small, formidable film that seems to pride itself on looking at the oedipal complex in new, fresh ways"
‑ Chris Cabin,
"Plays as a bad middle-class suburban joke that hits the right note between satire and being a shocker."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"An outrageous, assured debut from a talented new director."
‑ Blake Davis, KFOR Channel 4 News
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