1 item from 1997
Cultures collide in this savvy Tim Allen starrer about a hyperactive commodities trader and the 13-year-old son he discovers he has fathered in the Amazon. Look for some decided improvement on the boxoffice for this Buena Vista family pleaser.
Enhancing this prospect's chances are the attractive comedic cast members, including Lolita Davidovich, JoBeth Williams and Martin Short.
Even by a big-time broker's standards, Michael's (Allen) life is complicated: He's engaged to Charlotte (Davidovich), while attempting to finalize his divorce with his ex (Williams), who, naturally, lives in the Amazon. Michael is surprised by the fact he has a child there, the winsome Mimi-Siku (Sam Huntington), whose tribal bents are a befuddlement to his surprise dad. Laying their yarn with a cultural anthropologist's insight and juicing it with slapstick, screenwriters Bruce A. Evans and Raynold Gideon have concocted a pleasing delight. There is plenty of squirrely humor in the scenario, and the characters are very sympathetic, particularly Allen's, whose decent hyperactivity is a visual highlight.
Special praise also to Short for his performance as Michael's antic partner. Similarly, Davidovich is aptly alluring as Michael's fiancee, while Williams is properly independent as Michael's heady ex-wife. Huntington will likely lure young female appeal for his perky performance as the jungle boy.
Director John Pasquin infuses the hilarity with an apt mix of tenderness and wackiness. The technical contributions are well-suited all across the board, particularly cinematographer Tony Pierce-Roberts' glowing hues and costume designer Carol Ramsey's wacky duds. Similar kudos for composer Michael Convertino's spirited, splashy score.
JUNGLE 2 JUNGLE
Walt Disney Pictures
and TFI International present
Producer Brian Reilly
Director John Pasquin
Screenwriters Bruce A. Evans, Raynold Gideon
Based on "Un Indien Dans La Ville" by
Executive producers Rick Baker, Rick Messina, Brad Krevoy
Co-producer William W. Wilson III
Associate producers Thierry Lhermitte,
Director of photography Tony Pierce-Roberts
Production designer Stuart Wurtzel
Editor Michael A. Stevenson
Costume designer Carol Ramsey
Music Michael Convertino
Casting Renee Rousselot
Associate producers Kimberly Brent,
Sound mixer Allan Byer
Michael Tim Allen
Mimi-Siku Sam Huntington
Patricia JoBeth Williams
Charlotte Lolita Davidovich
Richard Martin Short
Jan Valerie Mahaffey
Karen LeeLee Sobiesky
Andrew Franki Galasso
Running time -- 111 minutes
MPAA rating: PG
1 item from 1997
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