Spanking The Monkey
1994 Black Comedy film about a college student. Ray Aibelli is about to start a prestigious medical internship when his mother breaks her leg. His father, a travelling salesman, makes Ray stay and take care of her for the summer.Spanking the Monkey is the first film of director David O. Russell.
Contains examples of:
- Annoying Patient: Susan
- A Date with Rosie Palms: Ray. Often, albeit unsuccessfully.
- Bathtub Bonding: A strange example. Ray has to help Susan into the shower, leading to the awkward intimacy required to take care of a semi-invalid.
- Disappeared Dad: Ray's father travels on business most of the time, which is why Ray becomes a sort of stand-in. It got worse.
- Dysfunctional Family: The Aibellis (of course)
- Eye Scream: Toni gets a scratched retina.
- Faking the Dead: Ray fakes his death at the end of the movie, to get away from his family.
- Hey, It's That Guy!: A very young Carla Gallo as Toni.
- Meddling Parents: Susan pressures Ray's academic achievements, because she wasn't able to become a doctor as she wanted.
- Oedipus Complex: And how!
- Parental Incest
- Shower of Angst