The Monster (Il Mostro) (1994)
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There's a killer in Italy, and everyone thinks it's the horny bumbling loser Loris (writer/director Roberto Benigni). In the hope of provoking him to another crime (?), the policewoman (Nicoletta Braschi) must go undercover.
Some critics have praised Italian superstar Roberto Benigni as a comic genius with a gift for physical comedy rivaling that of America's great silent film stars. Others, with a passion equal to that of his admirers, have written him off as little more than an abrasive moron. Well, after seeing this hilarious effort, I can say with absolute certainty that Benigni is both a comic genius and an abrasive moron.Currently available on Kanopy.
-- Joey O'Bryan, Austin Chronicle, 1996
Benigni may also be the worst male-chauvinist moviemaker at work today, considering all the women-as-sex-object images here (which also perpetuate a stereotype about Italian men).
For some reason, in Benigni's homeland, this movie was a monster hit — the biggest moneymaker in Italian movie history.
"The Monster" is not rated but would get an R for violence, sexual innuendo, profanity, vulgarity and drug abuse (the doctor giving his wife all sorts of pills and potions to calm her down).
-- Chris Hicks, Deseret News 1996