Drowning Mona (2000)

“I want half. And don’t give me none of that “50%” sh*t.” – Jeff Dearly

Number of Times Seen – 1 (26 Nov 2020)

Brief Synopsis – Following the death of an despised woman in town, the sheriff suspects foul play and tries to find the killer.

My Take on it – This is a film that I heard about years ago yet never had much of a desire to see what it was all about despite the fact that it features some very talented actors in the cast.

I came across it recently and decide to give it a try….

Boy was that a mistake.

This was a horrendous film that doesn’t work at all.

It features a very talented cast who are all completely wasted here; Neve Campbell, Danny Devito, Casey Affleck, Jamie Lee Curtis and Bette Miller.

The film is a mystery at heart of it all, but never really makes us care about finding the killer because none of the characters are likable at all.

The plot plays out in a very silly fashion which also doesn’t help endear things to the viewer.

The characters are all really silly and stupid and there is no reason to even think about rooting for any of them.

The best character is played by Danny Devito even though it’s hard t take him seriously as a Police Chief.

Bottom Line – Terrible film that fails to work on any level. The cast is very talented yet they all feel completely wasted in these roles. The film has a mystery at the heart of it, but things are played out in a very silly way which hurts things too much. The film has a relatively short runtime but even that is far too long. The characters are all far too silly and none of them give us any reason to care about them at all.  The best character here is Devito even tho he isn’t utilized well enough.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The “Fetzer valve”, when Lucinda the mechanic is giving the Sheriff her findings about Mona’s car, she says the “Fetzer valve” had been punctured. A “Fetzer valve” is a fictional part of an engine, introduced in the movie Fletch (1985). (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)


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