Dearly (Bette Midler) is the menace of the town Verplanc, she’s a big bitch.
Relentlessly annoying and just an overall mean person. When she shows up
dead in the river, no one is very saddened by her death. The town sheriff (Danny
Devito) thinks the whole thing is fishy and starts an investigation in the small
the beginning the film is a whodunit picture that incorporates flashbacks to
establish it's background plus interviews by the chief with the people of the
town to get down to the bottom of the case. These are two major parts in
film attempts to be a hip, edgy and quirky slapstick, in your face comedy but
ultimately fails and falls into a pit of unoriginality and a sea of overused
plotlines. The film's surprises and twists are completely predictable and very
commonplace in current film, just way too predictable.
Mona as a film ultimately becomes like anyone of it's characters: a piece
of boring, inconsequential, average, trash. The humor is underwhelmingly
dumfounding. Bette Midler yelling and screaming like a madman doesn't do it for
me. Affleck is ineffective in his role. He's soft spoken and outspoken in the
film as his character should be, but he gets lost in the background. This is the
reason his career has been full of bit parts in films like this one and last
year's ensemble crapfest 200 Cigarettes. I do give him credit for his
funny, but short in lines roles in films such as Good Will Hunting and American
Pie but the more he's in the film the less you appreciate him.
Campbell and Jamie Lee Curtis are both unfunny hags in this film. They're in the
film so their names can go on the posters to put people in the seats. I'd never
see a movie just to see Curtis but I would to se Campbell. The funniest roles in
the film were played by William Fitchner and Will Ferrell. Fitchner is very
funny as the unassuming husband of Mona. I've enjoyed his roles in such films as
Contact and Go plus his few seasons on that classic show "Grace
Under Fire" with Brett Butler. Ferrell of "Saturday Night Live"
fame is funny as a horny, old owner of the town funeral parlor. He's just very
strange and odd. His character is what the movie meant to be, oddball, offbeat
and very amusing. The last good part of the film was an ongoing joke involving
the junky Yugo cars. Everyone in the town has a Yugo as part of a trial run for
the company. It's just a very funny joke, that made me laugh a few times
throughout the movie. It's the first thing you hear about in the movie and it is
a lasting joke.
Mona is a film that really meant to be comical, tried it's darndest but lost
the battle. It lost the battle, the war and anything else it could possibly
lose. A funny setting, some talented cast members, and some good jokes, could
not overpower a weak script, some major overacting and multiple bad jokes.
Stars out 4/ 33 out of 100