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Funky Monkey (2004) 2004 PG CC

4.3 out of 5 stars (15) IMDb 3.6/10

An Ex-CIA agent hired to train a chimp in covert combat and the martial arts, to be military replacement, breaks out of the top secret lab.

Starring:
Matthew Modine, Roma Downey
Runtime:
1 hour, 33 minutes

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Genres Comedy, Kids & Family
Director Harry Basil
Starring Matthew Modine, Roma Downey
Supporting actors Seth Adkins, Alexandre Aubry, Jean-Luc Orofino, Pat Finn, Taylor Negron, Liliana Komorowska, Kaleigh Krish, Gilbert Gottfried, Jochen Nickel, Fred Ward, Jeffrey Tambor, Luke Stratte-McClure, Justine Basil, Alexandra Kyle, Jeremy James Kissner, Bodhi Elfman, Tommy Davidson, Rick Ducommun
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 25, 2005
Format: DVD
They just don't make very many good family-friendly films these days; they're too busy taking classics and making modern-day mockeries out of them. Funky Monkey, though, is a very funny, perfectly family-friendly film that just about everybody can enjoy (I guess it's the fight scenes that earned it a PG instead of a G rating). Normally, I shy away from movies built around chimpanzees - give me a chimpanzee that knows martial arts, though, and I am there. Clemens is no ordinary chimpanzee - he's been specially trained by former CIA agent Jack McCall (Matthew Modine) to be some kind of simian super agent. When the training is finished, though, McCall's boss sends him packing and makes plan to transfer Clemens to some kind of biological research place (where study means death, of course). The ultimate plan is to make an army of chimps just like Clemens. McCall's not about to let that happen, so he rescues the chimp and rides off into the night with him.

The pair turns up in San Diego, where they meet Michael Dean (Seth Adkins) - after a certain little action-packed episode at the zoo. Thanks to Michael and his mother Megan (Roma Downey), McCall and Clemens have a place to hide out for awhile. The bad guys, including two complete idiots, eventually track them down, of course - but before that happens, McCall has time to make buddies with the kid and even give him a little guidance concerning the ladies (which apparently includes changing his height at will, as he's about a foot shorter than Christina (Kaleigh Krish) at one point, a few inches taller at another). Tommy Davidson and Gilbert Gottfried make short but memorable appearances, and I believe a good time was had by all.
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My son really wanted me to get this movie so I did. It's corny. So so so corny. My son went on and on about how great this movie is but got bored with it near the end. It's a good movie to have on in the background while making crafts.
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The kid had this in VHS and needed it in DVD for his travel DVD player. Found it quickly and in great shape at a great price on Amazon; so glad so many businesses are linked to this company, makes for easy one stop shopping for those hard to find out of season products. Saves me time, prevents a headache and saves gas money that's a win win situation.
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Harry Basil has created a new level when it comes to the art of the movie. The plot is near genius and the twist is incredible. The screenplay alone kept me on the edge of my seat. The dialog was breathtaking and the camera shots flowed in perfect harmony throughout the entire film. So why the 3 star rating you ask, one word, acting. Poor poor acting throughout the movie really held it back from being considered the true classic that it could have been. If only they had cast some more experienced human actors the film could have been box office gold, instead it was a stright to DVD flick. The monkey, Ramesey the chimp, did a decent job but he just didnt have the raw talent and experience to pick up the slack of the other actors. If you can get past the acting Funky Monkeys screenplay has some valuable lessons and paints a good picture of Americas economy today. The film is a microcasim and metaphor for Americas corporations exploiting the American public for a quick buck. The public of course being represented by the chimp and the corporations as the evil scientist. Many people did not see the underlying themes of Funky Monkey, but I have after multiple viewings. The movie is saturated with groundbreaking director Harry Basils views on commerce, free speech, sexual orientation, Monarchy in 17th century France, and the new NHL rule changes. Overall Funky Monkey teaches us that bad acting can ruin great film.
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This show is very cute. The monkey and other scenes are just absolutely funny. There are a few "get real" plots but that goes for most movies now days. If you have kids at home be prepared to watch this movie over and over again. The husband likes it too, but I think he is ready to hide it for awhile. Buy it you won't regret it. It's a fun movie.
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This is family movie, and reviews of 1 star are written by adults wanting an A-rate action film. This was never intended to be anything but a fun romp the entire family can enjoy, evidenced by the presence of "Touched by an Angel's" Roma Downey.

I would caution parents on one adult theme prevalent throughout the movie, and that is the obvious effeminate nature of the two bumbling assistants to Flick. Hollywood, it seems, just can't resist trying to slip in a little child indoctrination to that lifestyle.

The laughs are many, with the ending football scene taking the prize.

Overall, there are much better family films with much more depth and feeling, such as "MVP: Most Valuable Primate" or "Polly."
"Funky Monkey" tries to get serious a couple times but never nudges the heart like many other better films. As such, this makes a good rental for a few laughs, but isn't one I'd add to my collection for posterity.
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I am 7 years old. I loved this movie because it was so funny! It has so much action! My Grandma let me write this review for her.
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