MONSTER IN A BOX

Content:

(H, L, S) Humanist dialogue complete with: 3 obscenities & 7 profanities, reference to masturbation and comment about sexual encounter.

Summary:

MONSTER IN A BOX is a fast-paced, stream-of-consciousness monologue that ponders diverse topics such as UFO encounters, Contra rebels, Christian Science, the movie industry, psychoanalysis, and the AIDS virus. As a dispassionate observer of the ironies of life, Mr. Grey presents bereaved mothers in Nicaragua begging America to stop aid to the Contra rebels. There is also extended reference to masturbation, as well as a sexual encounter with a lusty lounge singer.

Review:

MONSTER IN A BOX is a fast-paced, stream-of-consciousness monologue that ponders diverse topics such as UFO encounters, Contra rebels, Christian Science, psychoanalysis, and AIDS. The movie opens with Spalding Grey sitting on stage behind a wooden desk, as he attempts to write a semi-autobiographical novel called IMPOSSIBLE VACATION. Mr. Grey narrates his book, interweaving life experiences in an attempt to leave the shadow of his mother, who committed suicide while vacationing in Mexico.
Mr. Grey’s viewpoint is secular, but he does not take a political or religious stance. Rather, he is the dispassionate observer of the ironies of life. However, he mentions bereaved mothers in Nicaragua begging America to stop aid to the Contras. There is also an extended reference to masturbation, as well as a sexual encounter with a lusty singer. Mr. Grey is to be commended for his energy and expressiveness, as he jumps from one topic to the next. He makes MONSTER IN A BOX an interesting monologue that moves quickly. While the monologue will not appeal to most moviegoers, a few may find MONSTER IN A BOX an interesting commentary on a variety of topics.

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