This is a dark comedy about a psychologically troubled cartoonist (Brendan Fraser) with insomnia, who on the eve of a big deal that will make his cartoon character Monkeybone commercially successfully and right before he asks his girlfriend to marry him, gets into a car wreck and goes into a coma. His sleep doctor/girlfriend (Bridget Fonda) stays by his side as Stu goes to cartoon hell.
THE GOOD… This is a colorful, innovative and creative movie, that would have been great entertainment for kids had they removed the sex, violence, language, dark themes about hell, and the perverted monkey. THE NOT SO GOOD…Stu is in a coma for several months and dreams about trips to heaven, hell, the death world, the dream world, etc. During his psychological trips to such places, Stu encounters several strange looking beasts and spooky, evil-looking characters, including a scary grim reaper. Adult issues about sex, commitment, marriage, death, suicide, merchandising, fame, libido, love, heaven and hell are dealt with through this fantasy world. This movie is aimed at the younger crowds who like Fraser and can buy a ticket, but there’s no way this movie is for kids, much less most teens or adults. The fact that throughout the movie the cartoon character Monkey Bone is supposed to represent Stu’s libido and confront him on his sexual problems, takes the movie and the audience who it’s intended for to a whole other level. One that’s not worth going to unless you’re sexually curious or repressed.