Spanking the Monkey is a American black comedy film  written and directed by David O. The title is a slang phrase for masturbation  and is used in the film by one of the teenage characters. It was filmed in Pawling, New York. Ray Aibelli has finished his first year of college at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has received a prestigious summer medical internship which he has to forego to take care of his mother, Susan Aibelli, a married, lonely woman, who has suffered a leg injury at home just as her husband is about to leave on his job as a traveling salesman.
For the similarly-named film, see Spanking the Monkey. Spank the Monkey is a card game created by Peter Hansson, in which players are workers at a junk yard. A monkey has climbed the highest scrap pile, and it is each player's job to climb the scrap pile and bring down the monkey by spanking it. The goal of the game is to build a tower of the same height as the scarp pile on which the monkey resides.