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Monkeybone Monkeybone

Monkeybone can best be described as a cross between BeetlejuiceCool World and Down to Earth.  Unfortunately, it is a hybrid of all the worst parts.

The story revolves around Stu Miley (Brendan Fraser) who is a troubled yet gifted comic strip creator.  It is far too far into the story when we find out why Stu is so troubled and this is hugely important to the story.  Stu's love interest is Julie (Bridget Fonda) who is a sleep therapist and has worked her magic by making Stu draw with his "other" hand.

Confused?  So was I.

Stu ends up in a coma due to a car accident and his loving sister want to pull the plug.  It is this coma that is the story.  Stu is trapped in the dreams that had caused him to seek therapy from a sleep center...the story begins to focus.

While in his coma state, Stu enters Downtown, a combination of the rail car ride in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and the famous cantina from Star Wars, with a very sexy kitten played by Rose McGowen.  This "town" is all about nightmares and Stu's alter ego Monkeybone has struck a deal to use his body to get new nightmares from the real world to enhance the town.  Downtown is a visual paradise occupied by a huge variety of nightmarish characters and if you watch closely, a theater named the Morhpium and even wall hangings of other comic heroes like Krusty the Klown of Simpsons fame.  Stu learns that to escape death, played by Whoopi Goldberg, he must steal a "pass" that will open the sky and a path back to his body.

It is this pass that Monkeybone uses to enter Stu's body and deploy his plan to feed new nightmares to Downtown.  Confused?  So was I.  With the unwitting assistance of his mercenary agent played by Dave Foley, Monkeybone steals a secret formula from Julie that causes nightmares and plans to deploy it via Monkeybone toys.

By this time in the film, you are confused, bored and yet curious as to how the young lovers will be reunited.  Escaping the control of Downtown with the help of his sexy kitten, Stu strikes a deal with Death and is placed in the body of a track star just as his organs are being donated.  Using this "loaner" body, Stu arrives to save the day, rid the world of Monkeybone and say good bye to the love of his life.  This is by far the most comical ten minutes of the film.

Oddly enough, Death likes Stu and sends him back, lovers reunited, all's well that ends well, end of story.  Confused?  So am I.

The lack of a coherent plot and a decent script force viewers into a coma like state from confusion and boredom.  This is not even a film I can recommend you wait for on video.


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