Drowning Mona

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"The death of Mona Dearly wasn't so much a whodunnit, as a who didn't."
  • PG-13
  • 2000
  • 1 hr 35 min
  • 5.7  (15,469)
  • 25

Drowning Mona is a comedy film from the year 2000, set in the small town of Verplanck, New York, where Mona Dearly (Bette Midler) has just died in a car accident. Mona was a very unpopular woman, disliked by almost everyone in her town for her rude behavior, and her death seems to be a relief to most of them. However, the circumstances of the accident are suspicious, and the police chief, Wyatt Rash (Danny DeVito), begins to suspect foul play.

Wyatt is a dedicated policeman, but he's also a bit of a goofball, and his investigation into Mona's death is often sidetracked by his own personal issues. Meanwhile, Mona's son, Jeff (Marcus Thomas), is devastated by his mother's death, but also confused by the fact that she had changed her will just days before, leaving everything to her hairstylist (Jamie Lee Curtis). Jeff's girlfriend, Ellen (Neve Campbell), tries to help him solve the mystery of his mother's death, but they soon realize that almost everyone in town had a motive for killing Mona.

As Wyatt digs deeper into the case, he uncovers a web of lies and deception, with almost every suspect having a secret or a grudge against Mona. Among them are her ex-husband (William Fichtner), her mechanic (Peter Dobson), and her former business partner (Casey Affleck). Wyatt's investigation leads him to suspect that Mona was murdered, and he eventually finds evidence that points to the killer's identity. But as the case is about to be closed, a shocking twist is revealed, and the real killer is someone no one suspected.

Drowning Mona is a darkly comedic film that plays with the conventions of the murder mystery genre. The film's premise is simple, but its execution is clever and engaging, with a cast of great actors delivering quirky and memorable performances. Danny DeVito, Bette Midler, and Neve Campbell are all perfectly cast in their roles, and they bring a lot of fun and energy to the film.

The film is also notable for its setting, a small town where everyone knows everyone else's business. Verplanck is a place where gossip and rumors spread like wildfire, and where resentments can simmer for years. The film captures the claustrophobic atmosphere of such a town, where everyone seems to have a dark side lurking beneath their friendly exteriors.

Overall, Drowning Mona is an enjoyable and entertaining film that offers a fresh twist on the classic murder mystery formula. It's not a masterpiece, but it's a fun ride that will keep you guessing until the very end. Fans of comedy and mystery films should definitely give this one a watch.

Drowning Mona is a 2000 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 35 minutes. It has received poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.7 and a MetaScore of 25.

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    5.7  (15,469)
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