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My daughter put "Monkey Trouble" in the VCR and after I heard her laughing
her head off I decided to sit down and see what was so funny. What a
surprise! It was funny & fun with just the right touch of adventure and
pathos to make an excellent family experience.
Thora Birch plays Eva, the little girl who finds a monkey named Dodgers (played by Finster) trained by a drunken gypsy (Harvey Keitel) to steal watches, wallets, earrings, cash and anything else he could get his little fingers on. Eva's step-dad, allergic to animal hair, won't let Eva have a pet. So, when Eva sneaks Dodger into her room she becomes a very responsible little girl indeed, even cleaning up her bedroom and doing her homework. Quite a feat for a ten year old! But Fingers, continues his pick pocketing and theft, hiding the loot in Eva's art box. Finster himself hides under Eva's bed whenever anyone enters her room. So much for the basic plot, within which a child's humor, innocence, emotion, problems of growing up, and adventurous spirit is played.
Thora Birch has a much wider range of expression and sentiment in her acting than the Olsen twins (who we love to watch as a family too). Thora has an all-American look with just a few freckles and reminds me of the "kid next door". The camera catches her perfectly. Especially attractive was the lighting which made her somewhat golden hair into a sort of halo of light. She is very human and a very good actress. Dodger the monkey played a role that perfectly complimented the performance of Eva. My bet is they really loved one another and had a great time on the set together. Is it my imagination or are monkeys and children smarter, more expressive and better actors than most humans?
My daughter laughed and cried throughout the movie and declared it "Great"! It even tickled a demanding old grump like myself who generally would rather do anything but watch a PG rated movie. It made me nostalgic for my own childhood. As a parent I give it a "ten" and highly recommend it for its humor and warmth.
Forget FREE WILLY.
If you're looking for a really decent kids/animal flick that will appeal to young, old, or in-between, look no further than MONKEY TROUBLE. Thora Birch gives a fantastic performance as a little girl who wants a dog and winds up with a monkey escaping from its abusive owner (Harvey Keitel) who has trained the little critter to pick pockets and burglarize houses. The monkey takes an instant liking to the little girl, who names him Dodger, and sneaks him home. Meantime, the drunken gypsy (Keitel) will stop at nothing to get him back. It's an intelligent, well performed family classic that will appeal to just about anyone-even those who don't appreciate movies about kids and killer whales.
Rating: **** out of *****
Thora Birch plays Eva Boylan, a young girl who befriends a a sweet monkey,
who she names 'Dodger'. 'Dodger's mean owner, Kohn played by the brilliant
Harvey Keitel wants him back though as he uses 'Dodger' to help steal from
people and he will do anything to get him back.
A young Thora Birch gives a great performance here, as does the brilliant Harvey Keitel. Mimi Rogers is also good as mum Amy.
Monkey Trouble is such a cute and a very entertaining family movie with some really great performances from everyone. Monkey Trouble is one for the kids and the grown-ups. See it!
"Monkey Trouble" is a really great movie. It will please everyone. I think
"Thora Birch" is going to become a really good actress. But the real star
this movie is her pet monkey called "Dodger". Its amazing what they can
Harvey Keitel was excellent, and gives an outstanding performance as the bad guy. All in all a great movie, that I wanted in my disc collection.
This little girl in here (played by Thora Birch) is a little annoying
because of her constant lying. However, in the end - as in most stories
that dealing with people who lie all the time - she sees that the
troubles she's encountered are due to those prevarications.
The monkey in here is fun to watch. It was also nice to see Mimi Rogers in a wholesome and - gasp - even more shocking: Harvey Keitel not utter a bad word. Rogers and Christopher MacDonald play too-liberal parents, discipline- wise, but otherwise this is a pretty enjoyable lightweight film that moves along at a good clip.
It's not memorable, but it's family-safe and a decent movie for the adults, too.
"Monkey Trouble" tells of an organ grinder's (Keitel) pickpocket monkey who abandons his boss and adopts a young girl (Birch) leading to much monkey business. All of the human actors in this corny flick are upstaged by the monkey star whose antics make this predictable family comedy worth watching. Nuff said.
Monkey Trouble is a funny and great movie for the whole family to watch starring.. Thora Birch (American Beauty, Hocus pocus) and Mimi Rogers (Ginger Snaps, Penny Dreadful) I just love the thought of people making a movie about where it seems like a little girl or kid is stealing and always getting in trouble like kids do, but it turns out to be their Monkey LOL!!! Props for this entertaining movie. I recommend that everyone run to their local BlockBuster and pick this cute film up. The Music on this film is also great with the movie's theme song Hey Hey were the Monkeys by the Monkeys, a very cool band way back when just like the Beatles.
MONKEY TROUBLE, in my opinion, is an excellent comedy for all ages! I really loved Dodger. If I could have, I would have stroked him and held him myself. It only makes me wonder where I would hide him or her if I were to have a monkey for a pet. The soundtrack was smashing, the costumes were perfectly designed, everyone was cast perfectly, and the direction was flawless. In conclusion, I highly recommend this excellent comedy for all ages to any Thora Birch or Harvey Keitel fan who hasn't seen it. You're in for a real treat and a good time, so go to the video store, rent it or buy it, kick back with someone close to you, and watch it. I guarantee you you'll thoroughly enjoy it.
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I learned about maymays at an early age.
It starts out with some dude make a 4chin, and as the movie progresses, the 8gog merges with the 4chin, making the "Mankay Trabbu" maymay.
I am disappointed that this amazing film didn't receive any Oscars, as it truly deserved it for it's use of original maymay.
During a rough time in my life, this movie inspired me to create the "umadbro" maymay. During that time, I was so poor I had to live off mayonaise. May is really addicting, and that is why I had no money.
It was really a hard time, and through the support of 8gog, my life took a turn for the better with the "u silly mankey" meme.
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This is probably the best "kids movie" I know of. I don't know why this film hasn't garnered a higher "star" rating...maybe because it isn't "edgy" or cynical enough to fit current sensibilities of the darker society we are becoming. I've noticed many I've presented it to in classrooms or Sunday school groups dismiss it at first blush due to its cover and subject matter, but I haven't found an audience yet, from primary school kids to jaded teens, who have not become totally captured by the story it presents. Not one scene seems superfluous. There is not one minute in this film that does not keep everyone's attention. Thora Birch is perfect in her role. The light and jaunty musical score also receives a lot of credit in my mind as to how everything moves along so well. The music alone brightens my day! And how many movies in this genre have had the animal play his/her part so well? AND ... How many films out there that do as well as this one in conveying to children how serious or complicated things can become when we try to hide things from those we should trust?
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