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Film / Drowning Mona

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A 2000 American crime comedy film directed by Nick Gomez that has a police chief (Danny DeVito) investigate the death of a woman named Mona (Bette Midler), an abusive and spiteful woman who was hated by everyone who knew her.

The film also stars Neve Campbell, Jamie Lee Curtis, Casey Affleck, William Fichtner, Marcus Thomas, and Peter Dobson.

It was released on March 3, 2000.

Tropes for the film:

  • Character Title: The film is about the death of Mona.
  • Clueless Deputy: Every cop is a complete idiot, except (possibly) the Chief of Police.
  • Every Car Is a Pinto: Subtly parodied but ultimately averted as every car in town is a Yugo, but there isn't a single one that explodes.
  • Everybody Did It: Half the town tried to kill the eponymous character, though most of them were pretty incompetent about it.
  • Everybody Owns a Ford: The movie both justifies and plays with this trope. Before the film starts, a blurb comes up noting that the town of Verplanck was the testbed for a new Yugo model. During the movie, every car seen is a Yugo. There's even a Yugo car chase...where one Yugo requires a push-start...
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  • Everyone Is a Suspect: The film's premise.
  • Love Father, Love Son: Rona is playing the wheel of fortune with both Jeff and Phil Dearly.
  • Magic Brakes: How the titular character dies.
  • Posthumous Character: The titular character dies only a couple of minutes into the movie and is fleshed out almost entirely via flashbacks.