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Inside Monkey Zetterland DVD
An off beat comedy about an out of work screen writing/artist that complains about being too cool, too talented and way too gay.
Starring Patricia Arquette, Katherine Helmond, Sofia Coppola, Rupert Everett, Tate Donovan, Sandra Bernhard, Bo Hopkins, Steve Antin, Debi Mazar, Frances Bay, Martha Plimpton
Director Jefery Levy
Rating R (MPAA)
Running Time 93 Minutes
It's another typical day for wannabe screenwriter Monkey Zetterland. Inside Monkey Zetterland movie His bored girlfriend dumps him. His neurotic mother is badgering him-again. Factor in a menagerie of terrorist neighbors, quirky stalkers and other assorted oddballs-and Monkey's life is a real zoo! With a colorful star cast, this is an offbeat yet genuine look at love, acceptance and the importance of family-no matter how unconventional it is.
Monkey Zetterland's family comprises a bunch of zany characters, and Monkey is the most normal one of the bunch
Thrilled that this is finally on DVD. An adorable, funny, absurd, self conscious mish mash with an amazing cast. Sandra Bernhard is divine as Imogene. For gay men who have been immersed and insulated by their friends and family's lives, this movie is a wonderful gift. I've worn out my VHS, and can't wait to own it in widescreen.
Monkey Zetterland (Steve Antin) is a screenwriter with a crazy family. His mom (Katherine Helmond) is a soap star with hemorrhoids, his sister Grace (Patricia Arquette) is a lesbian whose partner (Sofia Coppola) is pregnant, his brother Brent (Tate Donovan) is a self absorbed hair stylist, and his father (Bo Hopkins) is an absentee oddball who shows up unexpectedly sporting a pet parrot on his shoulder. This doesn't even count the women in Monkey's life : his mean girlfriend (Debi Mazar) who dumps him, his stalker Imogene (Sandra Bernhard), and his mom's stalker (Ricki Lake) who tries to get to her through him. Finally there is the terrorist couple (Rupert Everett and Martha Plimpton) that just moved into Monkey's building. Obviously there's far too much going on in this movie. It isn't good by any means but it's occasionally fun to watch thanks to the cast. The plot, about Monkey trying to sell a screenplay about the L.A. boxcar system of the 30's, makes no sense. The humor, like the acting, is a little over the top. With that being said, the actors do wonders with their limited screen time. Coppola was the lure for me and I am pleased to say she looks beautiful and her acting has improved since 'Godfather 3'. She's kinda touching as the conflicted, pregnant lesbian. Antin was good in eighties movies, but here he is dreadful, like his script. Plimpton and Everett are the wild cards of the movie as married terrorists who hate each other. Donovan has a lot of fun as the vain hair stylist and we never get to know Lake's character enough to care about her. I could have done without Helmond, Hopkins, and especially Bernhard. The sound on the DVD is horrible and most of the dialogue is unintelligible (this might be a good thing). Make no mistake, this is not a good movie to recommend, but the awesome cast is a lot of fun.