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Drowning Mona (2000)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 3 March 2000 (USA)
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When a woman drives a car into the river to her death, everyone in town becomes a suspect.

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Nick Gomez

Writer:

Peter Steinfeld
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny DeVito ... Chief Rash
Bette Midler ... Mona Dearly
Neve Campbell ... Ellen
Jamie Lee Curtis ... Rona
Casey Affleck ... Bobby
William Fichtner ... Phil Dearly
Marcus Thomas ... Jeff Dearly
Peter Dobson ... Feege
Kathleen Wilhoite ... Lucinda
Tracey Walter ... Clarence
Will Ferrell ... Cubby
Paul Ben-Victor ... Carlucci
Paul Schulze ... Jimmy D.
Mark Pellegrino ... Murph
Raymond O'Connor ... Father Tom
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Storyline

Mona Dearly, a spiteful, loud-mouthed, unpopular woman, dies when the car she is driving plunges off a cliff and into a river near the small upstate New York town where she lives. Wyatt Rash, the local police chief, investigates and suspects foul play in Mona's death. The whole town is suspect, including Wyatt's daughter Ellen, who is about to marry landscape artist Bobby Calzone, whose business suffers from his lazy business partner, Jeff, Mona's slow-witted son, as well as waitress Rona Mace, who was having an affair with Mona's husband. Written by <pataygs@voicenet.com>

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Who wanted to see Mona Dearly dead? Take a number. See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Mystery

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Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements, language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Drowning Mona See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$37,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,802,229, 5 March 2000

Gross USA:

$15,506,764

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,910,104
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Both Jamie Lee Curtis and Neve Campbell are both known as "Final Girls" or "Scream Queens". Each playing reoccurring heroines in their respective horror franchise films. Curtis in the "Halloween" franchise and Campbell in the "Scream" franchise which is based loosely on the "Halloween" mythos. See more »

Goofs

When the coroner first jumps into the water to check on Mona's dead body, he is neck deep in water. For the rest of the scene, he is dry from the waist up. See more »

Quotes

Bobby Kalzone: Mona Dearly's dead.
Ellie: What?
Bobby Kalzone: She's dead- It was just a- car accident.
Ellie: You gotta be kiddin' me. Well- We gotta celebrate!
Bobby Kalzone: Jesus, God, Ellie she's a human being. Have a little respect.
Ellie: I don't gotta have respect for no one in that family. Think how they treated you.
Bobby Kalzone: How did they treat me?
Ellie: Badly, they're a houseful of freaks.
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Connections

References Auntie Mame (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Gimme Dat Ding
Written by Albert Hammond (as Albert Louis Hammond) and Mike Hazlewood (as Michael Edward Hazlewood)
Performed by The Pipkins
Courtesy of Chrysalis Copyrights Ltd.
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Hilarious and well-done
6 March 2001 | by lady_stardust_pdcSee all my reviews

This off-beat comedy is definitely one of the better movies I've seen recently. The plot is engaging and fast-paced; the movies doesn't even come close to the two-hour mark. The conclusion is satisfying and unexpected.

Every actor is perfectly cast. Casey Affleck gives an excellent performance as put-upon Bobby Calzone, Neve Campbell is terrific as Ellen, Bobby's fiancee, and Danny DeVito is loveable and sweet as police chief Wyatt Rash, Ellen's father. All in all, this is a very good movie, perfect for a lazy day.


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