Verplanck is a village in upstate New York where Yugos still roam the earth, where the citizenry walks tall with big hair. Drowning Mona is a black comedy about this white trash town, and the running joke is that everyone except the policeman Rash (Danny DeVito) had motive to kill Mona (Bette Midler), the irksome outcast who plummets to her death in the first scene.
The capable ensemble cast features DeVito, Neve Campbell, Jamie Lee Curtis, and others, and does a good job at distracting the viewer from the film's underlying weakness. It's not as offensive as Teaching Mrs. Tingle, but their shared theme—that destroying irritating people can be enjoyable team sport—is troubling, even when played for laughs. To be fair, however, Drowning abuses everyone. Its rudeness is democratic and it is even unafraid to joke about a handless amputee (Marcus Thomas) struggling to play guitar.
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