Monkeybone Parent Guide
Parent Movie Review
Cartoonist Stu Miley (Brendan Fraser) finally gets his big break when the Comedy Channel decides to launch a series featuring his character Monkeybone. But before the celebrations really get underway, Stu and his girlfriend Julie (Bridget Fonda) find themselves in a car accident. A huge balloon version of Monkeybone suddenly inflates protecting Julie, but Stu isn’t so lucky, and ends up in a coma.
While Julie and Stu’s sister Kimmy’s (Megan Mullally) struggle over pulling the plug on his life support, Stu exists only in a strange dream world inhabited by an assortment of bizarre creatures and a few other lost souls who, like himself, are on the brink of death. Monkeybone, now an animated entity of his own, is trapped with him. Desperate to escape this prison of his mind, Stu needs to secure an exit pass from “Death” (Whoopi Goldberg), the judge who ultimately will decide his fate. Unable to get one legitimately, Stu steals a pass, only to have Monkeybone swipe it. With this ticket the sexually obsessed cartoon character gets sent back to inhabit Stu’s body, leaving everyone confused as to who the real Stu is.
Considering the number of children in the theater when I screened this film, I can only assume the cute little monkey distracted many parents who missed the movie’s rating advisory. Full of sexual innuendo, and many frightening and bizarre visual effects, your youngsters may find themselves having nightmares just like the characters in this movie who succumbed to a gas laced with a psychological drug spewed from flatulent toy monkeys.
Directed by Henry Selick, this film is a darker incarnation of the style presented in his other creations James And The Giant Peach and Nightmare Before Christmas. Selick’s work also gives nods to grade school sexual fantasies, bestiality, and violent images including a corpse that pulls organs out of its abdomen and uses them as weapons against a pursuing attacker. Meanwhile, those with religious views may be offended by the God-less world of death.
Our advice: Don’t monkey around with this one.Starring Brendan Fraser, Bridget Fonda. Updated March 9, 2009
Rating & Content Info
Why is Monkeybone rated PG-13? Monkeybone is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for crude humor and some nudity.
Don’t let the cute monkey fool you? this is hardly a movie for children. A man, who has created an animated monkey cartoon, falls into a coma and finds himself in a nightmarish world while his girlfriend and sister wrestle over whether or not they should disconnect his life support. When he eventually awakes, the personality of the sexually perverse monkey character inhabits his body.
Animated cartoon section shows children in school pounding nails into another child’s head. Live action: Car crash, man is badly injured resulting in coma. Dark and menacing dream-like environment (which makes up the bulk of the movie) has deathbed humans interacting with many weird animated and puppet creatures. Scary roller coaster ride. Creature draped in cloth selects next person to live or die. Grim reaper type character tries to capture a man riding a train into the death world. Abstract animated drawing of a man about to be cut open on a sort of surgical table. Dog bites man. Man accidentally hits head, then falls off a bed and lands with head in woman’s lap. Nosebleed. Dog dreams of being neutered by a team of cats. A corpse with a broken neck from whom organs are being harvested comes to life, with its head hanging at an odd angle. During an extended scene, the corpse takes organs from its abdomen and drops or throws them as weapons—one lands on a barbecue, another is run over by a lawnmower, yet another used for a football. Man hit in crotch with bat. Man hit by bus. Two men fall from a balloon to the ground resulting in death.
Sexual Content: D
Besides many sexual innuendoes, the follow specific details were noted: Animated cartoon shows grade school boy who is sexually aroused while looking at his elderly teacher—an erection in his pants is briefly seen. An animated monkey jumps out of the backpack he holds on his lap in an attempt to hide his erection. Unmarried couple kissing. Animated monkey in live action world puts objects under his clothes for breasts and later dances in a sexual fashion. Allusions to penile size. Woman in a sensual cat costume which exposes part of her breasts. Monkey jumps into cat costume and makes sexual remark. Odd female creatures wearing sensual costumes. Man checks to see what’s under his pants. Nude woman seen through opaque shower curtain while a man makes sexual comments. Scene on television shows monkeys engaged in sexual activity. Word “Monkeybone” used as a slang term for penis. Sexually aggressive man undresses while jumping around on a bed, as a woman watches him. Women wearing small bikinis. Man briefly kisses an orangutan while a sexual song plays. Orangutan pulls off a man’s pants, exposing his underwear. Dog dreams of being neutered by cats. Naked man seen from rear. Man sings sexually oriented song with girls dressed in skimpy outfits. Man crawls under women’s legs and looks up their skirts. Man accuses another man of sleeping with his girl. Cartoon depiction of rear male nudity.
At least: One sexual slang term, 5 moderate profanities, 10 mild profanities, 12 terms of Deity used as profanities or expletives.
Alcohol / Drug Use: C
A primary character smokes once. Background and secondary characters seen smoking a few times. Social drinking. A drug that induces nightmares is put into toy monkeys that have their thumbs stuck in their anus. Removing the thumb discharges the gas carrying the drug.
Page last updated March 9, 2009
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If your children see this movie, help them to understand some of the images they have been subjected to. Children will likely need reassurances about dying, death, and illness. They may be frightened by the corpse that comes to life, and many of the other weird fantasy characters. Also, the depiction of a grade school boy being sexually aroused, and sexual comments between humans, will likely generate questions or concerns for young viewers.