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After years of driving the town crazy, Mona Dearly (Bette Midler) drove herself into a river. But when this twist of fate turns out to be an act of murder, Chief of Police Wyatt Rash (Danny DeVito) has his work cut out for him. The obnoxious Mona is survived by a town full of enemies, aka prime suspects, including her cheating husband (William Fichtner), his mistress (Jamie Lee Curtis), a heartless son (Marcus Thomas), the police chief's daughter (Neve Campbell) and her fiance (Casey Affleck). To know Mona Dearly was to hate her, and the big mystery isn't who would want to see her dead...but who wouldn't. Now, Chief Rash tries to figure out who to blame but the town just wants to know who to thank.
Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: Despite Danny De Vito's top billing, Drowning Mona drowns itself in humor that never rises about sitcom level. Contributing to the Mona's problems is that the characters are never really interesting, and there is a noticeable lack of energy in the character roles
Palo Alto Weekly
June 17, 2017
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Common Sense Says
Talented cast wasted in an awful movie.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the movie includes sexual references and situations (including a brief shot of a couple in bondage outfits), an out-of-wedlock pregnancy, a character's hand being chopped off (and many shots of the stump), a lot of drinking and smoking, a girl/girl kiss, a threatened suicide, and, of course, murders.
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- Release Date:March 3, 2000
- Audio Format:5.1
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