The Monster

  • 1994
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy

Today's burning question: Who's the most annoying presence in world cinema, irrepressible Italian pixie Roberto Benigni, or French Woody-wannabe Michel Blanc? Here's a chance to decide for yourself. THE MONSTER, Italy's highest-grossing film of 1995, is a cheerfully inconsequential farce about a poor schnook (Benigni) who's mistaken for a depraved sex killer...read more

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Today's burning question: Who's the most annoying presence in world cinema, irrepressible Italian pixie Roberto Benigni, or French Woody-wannabe Michel Blanc? Here's a chance to decide for yourself. THE MONSTER, Italy's highest-grossing film of 1995, is a cheerfully

inconsequential farce about a poor schnook (Benigni) who's mistaken for a depraved sex killer terrorizing Rome; a world-famous criminologist (Blanc) is charged with bringing him down. The cops recruit a pretty policewoman (Nicoletta Braschi) to get the goods on Benigni. In the film's funniest

sequence, she slithers in and out of half a dozen obscenely revealing costumes, striking outlandishly provocative poses as a slack-jawed Benigni struggles to behave like the gentleman he is at heart. If the picture sustained this level of vulgar inspiration, it would be magnificently hilarious.

But too much time is given over to Benigni's witless attempts to learn Chinese; too little to sequences like the one in which he tries to extinguish a fire in his trousers while ogling a curvaceous bambina.

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  • Released: 1994
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Today's burning question: Who's the most annoying presence in world cinema, irrepressible Italian pixie Roberto Benigni, or French Woody-wannabe Michel Blanc? Here's a chance to decide for yourself. THE MONSTER, Italy's highest-grossing film of 1995, is a… (more)

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