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Monkeybone | 2001 | PG-13 | - 7.6.4

In this dark comedy, a psychologically troubled cartoonist (Brendan Fraser) with insomnia and nightmares falls in love with his sleep doctor (Bridget Fonda), but right before he's ready to propose an accident puts him in a coma. Also with Rose McGowan, Whoopi Goldberg, Chris Kattan, Dave Foley, Megan Mullally, Giancarlo Esposito, and the voice of John Turturro. [1:30]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - Lots of sexual innuendo and puns, including references to masturbation and male and female genitalia. Throughout the movie, the cartoon character Monkeybone is supposed to represent one's libido. A few instances of mild and passionate kissing. We see brief clips of animals having sex on TV, including one slightly longer scene of a monkey having sex with another from behind. A man and woman grind into each other sexually; she opens the robe she's wearing and wraps it around him as they kiss and then recline on a bed. A man dances erotically for a woman and strips down to his underwear. A man falls off the canopy of a bed and onto a woman; he then passes out with his head between her legs. A man crawls between a woman's legs and looks up her skirt. A boy appears to get an erection in class and must cover it with a backpack. An obviously naked but sheet-covered man in a bed lifts up the sheets and looks down at his genitals. A clothed woman is in bed with a man wearing only a poncho and shoes. A monkey jumps into a woman's dress and tells her he stole her panties; also, a monkey pulls off a man's pants and we see the man in his boxers. A puppet dances sexually and dons fake breasts. We see naked cartoon characters (the genitals aren't defined). A naked man runs around for a while during a party; we see several shots of his bare buttocks, back and chest (but no genitalia are visible). We see the silhouette of a naked woman showering. We see several women in bikinis running in slow motion with a man chasing after them. A woman wears a shirt that has a hole in the middle, so we can see the inner parts of her bare breasts. A woman pulls keys out of her cleavage. Several shots of cleavage and scantily clad women.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - Reckless driving. A man is hit by a bus. In several scenes played for laughs, a corpse that comes back to life has a bruised, dark neck and his stomach is all cut up; in one scene we see the pancreas being pulled out of his body. The same man dangles above the ground from a balloon and an internal organ pops out and lands on a grill; eventually he starts losing several internal organs through the open cavity on his chest and navel. (a boy catches one and thinks it's a football) A car runs into a building and a man is injured. We see blood on a man's bandaged head (he's also put in a neck brace). We see a man hooked up to life-support systems in the hospital. The same man is in a coma for several months, during which he has many strange dreams: trips to heaven, hell, the death world, the dream world, etc. During his psychological trips to such places, the man encounters several strange looking beasts and spooky, evil-looking characters. A man's life support is cut off and he deflates. A person receives shock therapy. We see a corpse with a purple tongue and dark bruised eyes. A dog attacks a man. A cartoon monkey has a gun in its mouth (suicide implication). Death is a grim reaper who looks scary; we see many of these grim reapers. A man trapped in the ground (all but his head) is hit in the head with a golf club and receives a bloody nose. We see a woman choking. We see a man on a torturous stretching machine. A woman kicks a man in the behind. A woman's head explodes in a puff of smoke (it was apparently screwed on). A monkey hits a man over the head with a monkey wrench. Several times a toy monkey has his thumb in his anus and then removes it to let out a cloud of gas (and a flatulent sound comes out as well). A man kills a dog with the chemical spray coming out of the toy monkey's behind. A woman hits a man in the gut with a baseball bat. A man is sucked into the hands of death. A man is intentionally given an overdose of a drug. We see sketches of a man either in a bed or on an operating table, with coils and other strange branchy things coming out of his body. A stuffed animal is tossed through a windshield.


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LANGUAGE 4 - Several anatomical and scatological references, a few mild obscenities, a few religious profanities, several insults.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Nightmares, the subconscious, coma, love, heaven, hell, cartoons, sex, commitment, marriage, death, suicide, merchandising, fame, egomania, libido.

MESSAGE - Beware the strange stuff of sleep and dreams.

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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

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