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Drowning Mona (2000)

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Release Date
 USA: Mar 3, 2000
DVD Release Date
 R1: Jul 25, 2000
 R2: 20 May 2002

Budget $16,000,000

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MPAA Rating
Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements, language and brief sexuality.

Running Time
1 hour, 35 minutes

Country USA

Studio Jersey Shore Films, Neverland Films

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• Drowning Mona

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Genre: Crime, Mystery, Comedy, Murder, Black Comedy, Gay/Lesbian, Detectives, Satire

Tagline: 1 murder. 460 prime suspects. Not so much of a 'who done it' as a 'who didn't'.

Plot: In the small town of Verplanck, New York, there are some things that everyone takes for granted. The Yugo, made irresistible at test-market prices, is the car of choice (preferably fitted with vanity license plates). Chief of Police Wyatt Rash (Danny DeVito), is more known for his love of show tunes than his authority. And everyone has a beef with local housewife/tyrant Mona Dearly (Bette Midler). So when Mona drives her Yugo into the local lake to her death. . well, no one is particularly sorry about it.

But Mona's swan dive into the river was not an accident. And while Chief Rash was not crazy about the woman either, he feels bound by duty to apprehend her killer. But he's not getting much help from the people of Verplanck, because Mona was not exactly Miss Congeniality. She made life miserable for her son Jeff (Marcus Thomas), as well as Jeff's landscaping partner Bobby Caizone (Casey Affleck). She drove her husband Phil (William Fichtner) into the arms of the Palace Diner's career waitress Rona (Jamie Lee Curtis). Bobby's fiancee Ellen (Neve Campbell), who also happens to be Chief Rash's daughter, is sure that Mona would have ruined her future with Bobby. Even Rash's deputy Feege (Peter Dobson) seems to have a mysterious reason to have been intimidated by the

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 Directed by
Nick Gomez
New Jersey Drive, Laws of Gravity, Illtown
 Written by
Danny DeVito
L.A. Confidential, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Big Fish
Bette Midler
The Stepford Wives, The First Wives Club, Fantasia/2000
Neve Campbell
Scream, Scream 2, Scream 3
Jamie Lee Curtis
True Lies, A Fish Called Wanda, Halloween
Casey Affleck
Good Will Hunting, Ocean's Eleven, Chasing Amy
William Fichtner
Armageddon, Crash, Heat
Will Ferrell
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
 Music By
Michael Tavera
Mr. Magoo, Rocket Man, Girl

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