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Actor Steven Antin wrote the screenplay, and U.S.C. film professor Jefery Levy directed this self-absorbed trifle about a self-absorbed screenwriter and his nutty family and friends. Antin plays Monkey Zetterland, an innocuous young man who is trying to work on his screenplay -- something having to do with the defunct Los Angeles streetcar system -- while a collection of relatives, friends, and neighbors continually interrupt him. His family is a collection of personified neurosis: there is Honor (Katherine Helmond) a soap-opera actress with hemorrhoids who is afraid of being fired; Grace (Patricia Arquette), his lesbian sister who is crestfallen to find that her lover Cindy (Sofia Coppola) is pregnant; brother Brent (Tate Donovan), an anal hairdresser with his elbow constantly bent over a cell phone; and Mike (Bo Hopkins), his Dad, who shows up for Thanksgiving dinner with his pet parrot. But his neighbors are no better: Imogene (Sandra Bernhard) screams to him, "I love you, Monkey Zetterland!"; Daphne (Debi Mazar) complains that Monkey doesn't spend enough time with her; Sofie (Martha Plimpton) and Sasha (Rupert Everett) are a pair of terrorists devoted to blowing up insurance companies that deny insurance policies to HIV-positive patients; and Bella (Ricki Lake), a crazed fan of Monkey's mom. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi


Awarded by
Independent Spirit Awards Tate Donovan Best Supporting Actor 1993 Nominee


Steve Antin
as Monkey Zetterland
Patricia Arquette
as Grace Zetterland
Sandra Bernhard
as Imogene
Sofia Coppola
as Cindy
Bo Hopkins
as Mike Zetterland
Tate Donovan
as Brent Zetterland
Katherine Helmond
as Honor Zetterland
Martha Plimpton
as Sofie
Rupert Everett
as Sasha
Ricki Lake
as Bella
Debi Mazar
as Daphne
Lance Loud
as Psychiatrist
Frances Bay
as Grandma
Luca Bercovici
as Boot Guy
Robin Antin
as Waitress
Chris Nash
as Policeman
Blair Tefkin
as Brent's Assistant
Robin Antin
as Waitress
Chris Nash
as Policeman


Jefery Levy
Jefery Levy
Steve Antin
Lauren Zuckerman
Jane Ann Stewart
Production Designer