Monkeybone (2001) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
One thing to be said for the creators of this film. You can't fail them for lack of imagination.
|Brendan Fraser plays a cartoonist of the world's most twisted comic strip. Monkeybone is the sidekick of his comic alter ego, and is an actual cartoon monkey, but is also the personification of his penis (as in "spanking the monkey" and "boner", get it?)||
| Fraser gets in a near-fatal car
crash, and lapses into a deep coma. During this coma he is a prisoner
of his own nightmares. Since he is a guy with a twisted imagination,
that's some pretty weird stuff in there, ala The Nightmare Before
Christmas, which was directed by the same guy. Steven King is in there,
played by Steven King, and Edgar Allan Poe is in there, played by
Edgar Allan Poe IV. Monkeybone is in there as well, freed from figment
status and accorded equal corporal status with his creator in the
nightmare world. It seems that as Fraser is about to come out of his
coma, Monkeybone figures out a way to steal Fraser's pass back to
reality, and when the hulking Fraser body wakes up, Monkeybone's
spirit is inside, while Fraser's spirit remains trapped in Comaland,
or whatever that thing is called, and he's hanging around with The
Grim Reaper, Death (Whoopi Goldberg), Steven King, and a bunch of
refugees from Toontown.
I guess you have figured out by now that Fraser needs to figure out how to get his body back.
This was a mammoth failure at the box office, worse than Battlefield Earth. The total domestic gross was only $5 million dollars, despite the fact that the studio lavished $75 million dollars on it and opened it in 1700 theaters.
The problem isn't that it's a bad film. It's OK. The problem is that it has no audience. The slapstick humor is aimed at the 7-12 crowd, but it is also filled with graphic sex jokes, male nudity, and other things that would make you squirm if you watched it with your kids. Is it a kids picture? No, not really. Is it an adult picture? No, not really, except for two fairly small groups of adults
I guess that means I should be embarrassed to admit that I enjoyed parts of it, just as I occasionally like to catch a Stooges or two if Curly is on the docket, but I found other parts so juvenile that I probably would have changed the station on it when I was 10. It doesn't score well with any demo group at IMDb.
By the way, I thought John Turturro did an excellent job as the voice of Monkeybone.
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