Watch: Spanking the Monkey 1994 123movies, Full Movie Online – About to stay a summer internship, promising young medical student at MIT, Raymond’s mother, Susan, breaks her leg. Housebound and immobile, his father, Tom, makes Raymond stay home and take care of her. Susan’s a troubled woman, and along with Raymond’s own emotional strains, it leads them to intimate physical contact, which Raymond finds uneasy. He soon meets a high school girl, Toni, but his ability to handle starting a relationship with her is difficult, due to the emotionally troubling recent events in his life..
Plot: Bright young student Raymond Aibelli is forced to sidetrack an important medical internship because his mother, Susan, 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. 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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Flawed but Interesting. Dollar for dollar about the best $80,000 Movie you will see
Given the budget limitations ($80,000), “Spanking the Monkey” manages to hold interest albeit with some poorly chosen scenes.
The core of the movie is the relationship between mother and son. The rest of the cast exists to point the way to the inevitable.
The philandering, materialistic, self absorbed husband/father illuminates the barren marriage.
The fumbling sexual attempts of the son with the girl next door and her contradictory accusations of his sexual attempts as either too rough or not rough enough (gay), understandably confuse the son and provide the mother with a mentoring, nurturing sexual role for her son about how to sexually succeed with women.
The mother, stumbling upon a bedroom sexual session between the son and the girl next door, reacts more in jealousy than in any maternally disproving fashion.
The mother’s flirtatious ways with the male neighbors, doctors, and ultimately with the girl next door’s father point out that while she may be her son’s mother, she is still a very desirable woman in the eyes of the rest of the male world.
From the beginning through the end, you never believe the son and mother ever had a mother/child bonding. Both of them are intellectually superior, highly educated. The mother was young when she gave birth and she thinks of herself as her son’s educational, intellectual and ultimately sexual mentor, not his mother.
The teenage son’s inability to “spank his monkey” combined with the boredom, liquor and medications downed by his mother provide the explosive elements that are just waiting to be lit. The mother’s seductive smile and a slight hiking of her nightgown set off the explosion.
This movie is nowhere near perfect, but it’s compelling enough to let you sit through the unnecessary (e.g. stoner friends) and that’s a lot more than you can say for most movies with a budget that is a thousand times greater.
Erotic for all the wrong reasons…
An independent film that bravely confronts the subject of consensual incest is presented as a dark comedy in which ALBERTA WATSON and JEREMY DAVIES, as mother and son, have the key roles. It’s their mother/son relationship at the heart of the story that is compelling and sometimes erotic–especially the scene where Davies has to massage his mother’s legs and toes while they discuss why her road travelling husband isn’t there to do it for her.
When the story strays to others outside this relationship, it fails to make the same connection. The father is strictly a man so obsessed with his own career that he ignores his wife. She, in turn, is a manipulative shrew who virtually seduces her son because she’s a needy woman. The son’s friends are depicted as total drug-happy boors and boozers whose minds are completely idle.
At times the story becomes dark and brooding–even intense–and yet there’s a surface tension broken by laughter at some of the shenanigans going on in this dysfunctional, to say the least, family.
Outstanding work by JEREMY DAVIES and ALBERTA WATSON. He’s highly sympathetic in his predicament all the way through and she’s totally despicable in the manner by which she exerts control over him. Both show complete understanding of their difficult roles.
Summing up: Interesting tale, character-driven and flawed, but worth watching.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 40 min (100 min)
Genre Comedy, Drama
Director David O. Russell
Writer David O. Russell
Actors Jeremy Davies, Alberta Watson, Benjamin Hendrickson
Country United States
Awards 3 wins & 5 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm