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After years of driving the town crazy, Mona Dearly (Bette Midler) drove herself into a river. But when this twist of fate turns out to be an act of murder, Chief of Police Wyatt Rash (Danny DeVito) has his work cut out for him. The obnoxious Mona is survived by a town full of enemies, aka prime suspects, including her cheating husband (William Fichtner), his mistress (Jamie Lee Curtis), a heartless son (Marcus Thomas), the police chief's daughter (Neve Campbell) and her fiance (Casey Affleck). To know Mona Dearly was to hate her, and the big mystery isn't who would want to see her dead...but who wouldn't. Now, Chief Rash tries to figure out who to blame but the town just wants to know who to thank.
- Aspect Ratio : 1.85:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG13 PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 4 Ounces
- Director : Nick Gomez
- Media Format : Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 36 minutes
- Release date : July 25, 2000
- Actors : Danny DeVito, Bette Midler, Neve Campbell, Jamie Lee Curtis, Casey Affleck
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish, French
- Producers : Bart Rosenblatt, Eugene Musso, Al Corley
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Unqualified, English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
- Studio : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B00004TJJX
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #27,800 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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I don't expect a movie to solve my life problems; I want entertainment without too much violence, sex, or too many superfluous special effects. Jamie Lee Curtis was a riot, and Danny DeVito was spectacular. I see other reviewers talking about "character development". What?? What depth of character could you possibly hope for from a two-hour movie? Read a book once in a while if that's what you're hoping to find from the arts, or go to the opera. I want a movie to entertain me and make me feel good. If I want depth, I'll go and see a play, read a book, or, as aforementioned, I'll go to the opera. Just watch it! It's a Great Movie!!
The nastiest, meanest woman in town (played by Bette Midler) drives off a cliff in her Yugo into the river and is killed. Now normally this would not be something to laugh about. But you discover (via character flashbacks) that every single person she met had good reason to kill her. The only sane one in town is the sheriff (Danny DeVito) and he suspects foul play. And the mechanic in town confirms the car was sabotaged. Everyone in town begins trying to pin her murder on each other even though they all were really celebrating her death. And in the flashbacks you see why. She was indeed the most evil woman to everybody in town.
The humor is often suttle but sometimes slapstick. But every scene has something funny that either shows why the person had reason to kill her or just how major of idiots these town members were. The poor sheriff has his work cut out for him as it looks like almost anyone could have had motive and means to kill her. Just like each town resident, it's an oddly pleasing feeling you get to her death after seeing all she did to each person.
This is an absolutely funny movie. Now this isn't a movie for kids as it shows some sexual situations without nudity and has a really adult theme of murder running throughout it. It's also got strong language. But for adults, this is a great laughable movie, now perfect for cheering up the shut-in Covid blues.
Danny Devito can do no wrong, Neither can Jamie Lee Curtis or William Fichtner. Bette Midler and Neve Cambell are treasure's, Caset Affleck is in the most appropriate role of his life and and more Cameos just keep popping up. Will Farrell's Mortician may be what steels the show if only it weren't for they guy they got to play Jeff. I'm not sure anybody has ever played a character so convincingly stupid since Dumb and Dumber.
But what I like most about it is that It's a great series of character discoveries. Not as deep as anything Agatha Christie has ever written but the actors put so much nuance into their roles that everyone becomes real. And Being set in upstate New York the scenery is obviously gorgeous and Hollywood finally shed some light on a section of America that is often overlooked.
Overall you can find better comedy/murder movies there isn't anything special about this one.
and just pinned everything on a minor character who had ~3 of screen time.