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Overall Rating
2.69

Awesome: 5.56%
Worth A Look33.33%
Average: 14.81%
Pretty Bad: 16.67%
Total Crap: 29.63%

5 reviews, 24 user ratings


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Monkeybone
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by Scott Weinberg

"Ugly, loud, obnoxious, unfunny, dull, unpleasant and stupid. Any takers?"
1 stars

Two airplanes colliding in mid-air. A train full of blind nuns on fire. Siamese twins squealing and thrashing as they're being separated at the crotch. Bea Arthur's amateur spread shots. "What are 'Things I'd Rather See Than Monkeybone Ever Again'"? Ding! Ding! Ding!

I don't know how much effort my brain can commit to discussing this movie. It's biblical. It's profound. To say that Monkeybone is not fit for human consumption may imply that other life forms may somehow enjoy it. But this movie would make bacteria stupid. I know I shouldn't have expected anything at all, since every single review I've read on this film invariably includes the words "Down's Syndrome" in one context or another. But one of my favorite hobbies is to rent these allegedly awful movies, watch them for myself, analyze them on my own terms...and then report that (yes) everyone was right after all and I just wasted three bucks. I just threw a pack of cigarettes away to watch freakin' Monkeybone.

Several other (noticeably kinder) reviewers have pointed out there could be a good movie hidden somewhere in the poopy pastiche that was the final cut. Perhaps if the movie had been edited properly and completely re-cast. Maybe the screenplay needed more substance than simply having "Monkeybone" (the animated moron monkey) and Brendan Fraser (the human moron monkey) grab their respective crotches and squeal every 43 seconds...If director Henry Selick hadn't been content to simply steal set pieces and visuals whole from his earlier films...If the very concept (animated monkey overtakes the body of his creator) hadn't been so ridiculously tired...And maybe if they'd have gotten rid of that godawful irritating and entirely unpleasant character of Monkeybone himself. THEN? Then...we'd still have one bad movie. But it would give me different things to complain about.

Let's break this movie down to the bare essentials:

Character development: Lasts about 45 seconds. Fraser's a nerdy cartoonist. Fonda is his blonde girlfriend.

Plot: Cartoonist in a coma has his body "possessed" by his own creation, an annoying little turd called....oh, never mind. You know his name.

Pacing: Maybe my DVD player was set on "Shuffle", but this film literally made no sense. One minute we see Fonda all weepy, then we're in the seventh ring of animated Hades and witnessing a whole gaggle of severely stupid-looking creatures. This movie should have been released as the world's first "Movie Jigsaw Puzzle". You'd have to rearrange the scenes to create a cohesive story. If you could somehow finish the puzzle, you'll earn the right to direct Monkeybone 2: Kill Me Now!

Actors: Brendan Fraser is a rich guy. I wonder how much it would cost to buy every single DVD of this film and ram them up his agent's ass. Who told him to make this movie? Bridget Fonda earns a little less wrath mainly because she's a cutie, but partially because she was obviously tricked into thinking she was making a movie that would make sense on this planet. Chris Kattan shows up at the end and plays a dead corpse and flops his head around a lot. Oh my sides.

I'm a fairly heavy smoker. About a pack a day. So guess what I noticed when I was through watching Monkeybone? The ashtray on my coffee table was empty. That's right: I was so hypnotized by the sheer, cascading awfulness of this movie that it made me forget my ever-present nicotine addiction! Now that's a bad movie. One good thing did come from this movie. It proved that American moviegoers aren't always complete idiots. (Reported budget = $70 million. Estimated US Box Office Gross = $5 million. Think about that.)

Hollywood producers have more ways of making bad movies than I have suitable ways to describe them. Such creativity makes me so jealous. Bottom line: If you want to see one of those movies that's so bad it makes you ponder the very existence of cinema, here's another one to add to the (very long and always expanding) list.

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originally posted: 07/14/01 12:39:14
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User Comments

8/24/06 Assparade Hello i really like your site! 4 stars
2/08/04 jmsynth Not for everyone, I personally enjoyed it 4 stars
12/01/03 *A Monotonous Creton Who Loves Tom Hulce* i luv Chris Kattan!!!! 4 stars
10/23/03 Ingo A special kinda fun 4 stars
4/19/03 Ubu the Ripper Kattan is the bright spot in this otherwise limp biscuit. Worth watching just for him alone 4 stars
4/04/03 Jack Bourbon Chris Kattan had his shining moment. Now we can kill him. 2 stars
10/03/02 Butterbean Cool World < Monkybone < Beetlejuice. It needs Tim Burton's direction. 4 stars
6/17/02 Jim Interesting dark fantasy with some wild-ass imagery. Fraser plays a good monkey. 4 stars
4/24/02 Martin Christiansen Yes the movie stinks! The only uplifting thing about this shitty movie is Chris Kattan... 1 stars
4/03/02 Edfink Lombardo Live action/animation combo bombs...Tries too hard to be funny and isn't...a waste of time 1 stars
11/17/01 Mr. Thats just a cartoon Weird 2 stars
8/10/01 Audra When I saw Chris Kattan as the dead gymnast for the first time, i couldn't stop laughing. 4 stars
7/27/01 Moonderoon Lacey All else aside, if you appreciate insanely cool visuals you MUST see this film. 4 stars
7/15/01 Basil Should of had more scenes with Rose Mcgowan. 3 stars
7/13/01 Ray Andersen Movie is great, DVD is even better 5 stars
4/14/01 Jessica VERY funny and VERY entertaining! A bonus if you want to see Dave Foley's ass : ) 5 stars
4/09/01 Audra The movie isn't totally perfect. But what movie is? This movie has laughs and romance. 4 stars
3/25/01 Sid 6.7 A meretricious, gauzy hybrid of live action and animation with a noxious primate as sidekic 1 stars
3/01/01 YelloMiata@AOL.COM This movie was very entertaining. I recommend it to the unwashed masses! 5 stars
2/28/01 Anne a tribute...to the dumbing down of America 2 stars
2/25/01 *~Danielle*Ophelia~* (formerly KyLe*BrOfLoVsKi) By no means perfect, but visually interesting and fairly well-acted.... 4 stars
2/25/01 Darren Shea Although flawed, I found the visual inventiveness and comedy kept me entertained throughout 4 stars
2/24/01 Katchoo Visually disturbing! 3 stars
2/24/01 NC Death should go after this movie, not the guys from Southpark. 1 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  23-Feb-2001 (PG-13)

UK
  N/A

Australia
  05-Apr-2001


Directed by
  Henry Selick

Written by
  Sam Hamm

Cast
  Brendan Fraser
  Bridget Fonda
  Dave Foley
  Giancarlo Esposito
  Rose McGowan
  Chris Kattan



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