Spanking the Monkey
Spanking the Monkey (1994)

David O. Russell wrote this black comedy about a teenage boy's Oedipal relationship with his mother.

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: July 15, 1994
DVD Release Date: December 6, 2005
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Rob Gonsalves

A bitingly funny tale of frustrated sexuality.

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Cole Smithey

A very intriguing independent movie with stong performances.

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Quirky is too mild a word for it.

Emanuel Levy

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.

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Brian Mckay

Excellent art-house dark comedy with a strange, incestuous theme.

Chris Cabin

a small, formidable film that seems to pride itself on looking at the oedipal complex in new, fresh ways

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Plays as a bad middle-class suburban joke that hits the right note between satire and being a shocker.

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Blake Davis
KFOR Channel 4 News

An outrageous, assured debut from a talented new director.

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Jason Reneau
Spanking The Monkey is probably one of the best Dark Comedies I have ever seen. Jeremy Davies has always been a good actor and has never put out a bad… More