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255 Ratings

Spanking the Monkey

Directed by David O. Russell
United States, 1994
Comedy, Drama


A young medical student must stay home all summer instead of taking a prestigious internship, because his mother has broken her leg. He begins to fall for her and the girl next door.

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Spanking the Monkey Directed by David O. Russell

Awards & Festivals

Sundance Film Festival

1994 | 2 wins including: Dramatic (Audience Award)

Independent Spirit Awards

1995 | 2 wins including: Best First Feature

1995 | 2 nominations including: Best Supporting Female

Critics reviews

Despite a certain originality, the movie isn’t really a success, not only because the plot bites off more than it can chew (the film doesn’t conclude; it simply stops), but also because, like its hero, it has some trouble distinguishing between petty irritations and cataclysmic traumas. But at least the performances are fresh and fairly nuanced.
July 01, 1994
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