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Monkeybone (Widescreen) (Bilingual)

Brendan Fraser , Bridget Fonda , Henry Selick    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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Brendan Fraser plays the best-looking cartoonist you'll ever see in Monkeybone. Stu (Fraser) has created an animated character named Monkeybone, who sprang from his repressed sexual anxieties. He's just sold his animated series to a cable channel, and is being bombarded with proposals for toys and other marketing extravaganzas, when he and his girlfriend Julie (Bridget Fonda) get into a car wreck and Stu falls into a coma. But comas are much more complicated than you might expect: Stu finds himself in Down Town, where lives a mixture of other people in comas and figments of these people's imaginations. Naturally, Monkeybone himself is there, and he and Stu quickly start fighting like cats and dogs. When Stu realizes that his sister, due to a pact they once made, is preparing to pull the plug on him, Stu makes a deal with Hypnos, the god of sleep, to help him steal a golden ticket from Death himself (or herself, as Death is played by Whoopi Goldberg). Sound complicated? Well, from there it only gets more ornate. Monkeybone is a bit of a mess, but it's never boring, and every now and then it roars to amazingly dynamic life. Fraser is excellent, and the strong supporting cast includes Giancarlo Esposito (Do the Right Thing), Rose McGowan (Scream), Dave Foley (Brain Candy), and Saturday Night Live's Chris Kattan as a gymnast with a broken neck who... well, it's a bit complicated to explain. A crazy quilt of a movie, chock-full of delirious ideas and inspired moments. --Bret Fetzer

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4.0 out of 5 stars Used to hate it and now I love it. June 19 2004
I saw Monkeybone when it was in theaters without knowing what it was even about. My impression at the time was that it was a wierd and stupid movie with no point. I recently found it for $5 so I decided to give it a try, and I am glad I did. Everyone I know hates this movies or has not seen it, but I now think this is a wonderful movie.
Stu Miley (Brendan Frasier) has just launched his new animated character Monkeybone, created from Stu's repressed sexual anxieties(as another reviewer put it). Monkeybone is a hot character that brings a huge demand for cartoons, toys, and just about any other kind of merchandising you can think of. After a party for the launch of his new character, Stu and his girlfriend are in a car wreck leaving Stu in a coma. This happens just when Stu is going to propose to his girlfriend. As others see him in a coma, Stu ends up in Downtown, the place where other people in a coma reside, along with their nightmares. I really enjoyed the effects that take place in Downtown. But once there, Stu comes face to face with his creation, and together must find a way out of Downtown before Stu's sister "pulls the plug" on him in the outside world. Monkeybone turns on Stu and steals his pass into the real world, and so with a deal from Death (Whoopi Goldberg) Stu must get back to his life and stop Monkeybone from ruining his life. Thats all I want to say about the plot, and it may sound dumb or a little complicated, but to me is a good and very entertaining movie. Bottom line is that this is a nice blend of live-action and animation and is nicely directed by Henry Selick. And as usual Frasier gives a nice performance in this starring role. At the heart of this movie is also a good love story. A lot of you may not like this movie, but at least watch it once and give it a chance. You might be surprised.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Monkeyblah Dec 16 2003
A freak car crash, (involving a giant inflatable monkey) sends cartoonist Stu Miley (Brenden Fraser) into coma and into a nightmarish and bizarre between world called Downtown where coma patients must wait for their ticket back. There he meets an aspect of his twisted personality, a character he created called Monkeybone.
As Stu waits in limbo, back in the real world where his girlfriend (Bridget Fonda) waits for him to recover, his sister, Kimmy plans to pull the plug. Monkeybone and Stu discover her plans and try to escape back to the real world. But a double-cross nearly dooms Stu and his life altogether and sends Monkeybone on a crazy (and somewhat raunchy) escapade in the real world.
About the movie:
I found this movie somewhat painful to watch and was left wondering how anyone could think that something this bizarre and poorly written would do well in the theaters. (It didn't do that well).
As a movie, this one is pretty odd overall, and the script is below par at best. There are quite a few spots that could use more exposition, and the main characters definitely needed to be fleshed out more. None of them make you care a whit about what happens to them. Bridget Fonda is nice to look at, but she was totally luke-warm in her role as Stu's girlfriend (not that she had much to work with) and Brendan Fraser's character is so neurotic as to make you wonder why she'd even like him. Whoopi Goldberg has a cameo as Death, but her role is pretty much a yawner as well.
This is not to mention that there are some pretty gross things in this movie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 2 star comedy, 5 star animation masterpiece Oct. 4 2003
Monkeybone is without doubt one of the most underrated and badly-marketed films of recent years. The DVD cover was very misleading, and made it look like a tasteless B-comedy; the names of Brendan Fraser, Bridget Fonda and Chris Kattan didn't do much good either. I never would have dreamed of picking it up in the video store if it wasn't for the director, his name hardly even noticeable on the back cover.
Henry Selick is the man responsible for two of the most remarkable animation features of the 90s - James and the Giant Peach and The Nightmare Before Christmas (Tim Burton's vision, sure, but ultimately Selick's film). Both were sardonic, immensely stylish animated films and had some of the most wonderfully designed cartoon characters I've ever seen. Watching Monkeybone proves beyond doubt that even though Burton was the main brain behind The Nightmare Before Christmas, as far as design and character creation goes, most of the credit for the brilliant animation work should go to Mr. Selick. On Monkeybone Selick decided to make his first attempt at directing live actors, and does less than well. Aside from having a not very impressive lead actor in Brendan Fraser, most of the live action part of the film is - despite some moments of inspiration - not much more then slapstick and low-brow comedy. Sure, you may get a couple of cheap laughs out of Chris Kattan and Dave Foley, maybe even from Fraser (one of my least favorite actors, actually), but that section of the film is nothing to write home about.
However... about half the film takes place in a fantasy world called Downtown, a place where the comatose souls live, waiting to die or to awaken into the real world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It came super fast and it was in working order!
Published 18 days ago by Emily
4.0 out of 5 stars I know it looks stupid, but trust me.......ts funny
I know it may look stupid but it is real funny. This movie is about a guy who is in a deep deep coma. He is in this fantasy land kinda thing. Read more
Published on Feb. 17 2004 by newfound32
2.0 out of 5 stars Simply Awful
This film could have been good. It could have been like a live action "Nightmare Before Christmas" (which apparently the director also did) but it just shoots itself in... Read more
Published on Oct. 23 2003 by TrezKu13
4.0 out of 5 stars I Couldn't Look Away
This movie is strangely compelling. I kept alternating back and forth between loving it and hating it. Read more
Published on Sept. 26 2003 by Kieri
3.0 out of 5 stars What happened Monkeybone?
i agree with the guy that said it was a mess, could've been so much more than it turn out to be , the story had promise but lost it's way way to soon . Read more
Published on Aug. 4 2003 by Brent Hilton
3.0 out of 5 stars A little to odd so no repeat business here.
We rented this one because it looked cute and had brendan fraser. Most of the family watched to the end and seemed to enjoy the movie, but there was NO REQUEST to rewatch it or... Read more
Published on June 21 2003 by JediMack
4.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat nilhistic themes but v funny, weak 1st half though
There were many momment during this fun film where I was lauging out loud so much.
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Published on May 12 2003 by Jose Bay
4.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat nilhistic themes but v funny, weak 1st half though
There were many momment during this fun film where I was lauging out loud so much.
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Published on May 12 2003 by Jose Bay
5.0 out of 5 stars Downtown Creatures
It Seems That They're Different Kinds Of Creatures In Downtown That I Enjoyed In The Movie. There's 3 Minotaurs [Bull The Bartender, Betty The Bovine [The Female One At The Ball... Read more
Published on May 11 2003 by Arthur Denorfia Jr.
Worst film from director Henry Selick,he did well directing outstanding films such as A Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach. Read more
Published on May 10 2003 by "robertbusta2"
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