Spanking the Monkey

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Released 1994

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Spanking the Monkey

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Director:
David O. Russell
Released:
1994
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Bright young student Raymond Aibelli (Jeremy Davies) is forced to sidetrack an important medical internship because his mother, Susan (Alberta Watson), is recovering from a broken leg. When he isn't tasked with the most mundane aspects of Susan's recuperation, Raymond finds distraction in a neighborhood girl, Toni Peck (Carla Gallo). But, as Susan begins relying on her son for both physical and emotional needs, Raymond starts developing disturbing and unwanted new yearnings.

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  • 83

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Davies registers believable frustration and deadpan teenage disengagement in equal measure.

  • 80

    The New York Times

    It is also the sort of astonishingly fresh and self-assured work that can make a reputation.

  • 40

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    The story is undoubtedly weird, but perhaps more so on paper than on the screen, since Russell and his actors have played it mostly straight in attempting to confer psychological v...

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