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This light-hearted comedy-spoof in the Tarzan genre has intelligent apes playing the bongos and doing tree house cleaning while the oblivious idiotic great white hunters go through their cliche-ridden motions towards an obvious apeman-gets-girl ending. Great fun and great for the kids. Riotous but acceptably mild scatological humor.
I thought that George of the Jungle was a good family movie, because it is family oriented. The movie was funny and Brendan Fraiser did a good job as playing George. I thought everyone involved with this movie did a good job and should be watched for family entertainment.
When I was first nagged into renting George for my Niece and Nephew while babysitting, I thought I would immediately hate it. WRONG! This movie, which has so much humor for kids, doesn't lack in keeping adults entertained and laughing as well. With the extremely charismatic Brendan Fraser leading the way, George is romp through history. I remember watching the Saturday Morning Cartoon with my sister and thinking how funny it was. Not only is there silly slap-stick, but the dialogue is quite witty. Many of the jokes are geared toward the child mind, but there is an equal amount for adults. I say, finally a movie to watch with EVERYONE in your family.
George of the Jungle gives Brendan a chance to show how confident he is with himself by showing his funny side. I believe he will go far in his acting. I'll admit he does have the looks to go with it. I love the eyes.
What a zany, goofy, good time of a movie. Obviously, judging by the other comments, this type of humor is a matter of taste. But if you like inane humor, you'll love this flick. The plot is...well it's idiotic, but nobody really cares, that is the great thing. This is not a situation comedy! It has lots of tongue-in-cheek humor, slapstick, and of course, the infamous fake trees (this is a comedy...remember?). The narrator is the funniest character in the whole movie--he scolds the characters, adds smart-ass remarks and talks to the audience, reassuring them that "nobody dies in this story...they just get really big boo-boos!" If you are the type of person who just likes a big laugh, and aren't too worried about what kind of elephant Shep is, you will like this one.
"George of the Jungle" is one of the most enjoyable movies I've ever
watched. Usually when you turn comics or cartoons into live action something
goes wrong but 'Jungle' is unique in that it has been transformed with
This potentially cheesy movie made me laugh for its entire duration. The Narrator (voiced by Keith Scott) is particularly hilarious. The bronzed and stone-bellied Brandon Frasier is delightful as George - a role similar to the one he had in his prior film 'Encino Man'. The comic-looking Leslie Mann with her girlish curls also masters a voice that conveys cartoonish qualities to the big screen and she is the perfect 'mate' to Frasier's George.
This is a great movie because it is not just one character that you love, but it is the entire cast. You will come to hate the baddies and adore the goodies. A lot of the comedy especially towards the end is slaps- stick but you would expect nothing less from a Tarzan wannabe who swings into trees, cakes, boats, vans, cars and anything else that's in his path.
This is a great movie to watch with your family. It is light, funny and I'll guarantee you'll leave it with a smile on your face!!!
I also can't believe the ratings for this movie it is down right hilarious! Brendan Fraser fit the part of George really well i can't even think of another actor that could have pulled it off. Leslie Mann plays Ursula who is about to marry a complete jerk named Lyle. Well it starts off by George saving Ursula from a Lion and George probably scared him away to another jungle lol! George and Ursula start to hang out with each other and Ursula takes George to civilization because of a wound that could be treated well there...Ursula's mother tries to break it off between George and Ursula so she could marry Lyle. While that was going on Lyle's hunters capture the ape and they think they can get money for it with a circus.....George battles the baddy hunters and you get to see Ursula swing into the action to tell him that she loved him.....I loved the scenes where George is in the car and checking everything out and of course all the tarzan noises! Java Java Java Java Java!!! Overall i give this movie 4 stars ****!!!!
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Brendan Fraser, looking really buff and fit in a loincloth, gives an
endearingly goofy performance as the lovably dim-witted and accident
prone titular character, who's kind of like Tarzan's dumber and more
good-natured primitive man cousin. Things seem to be going well for the
extremely luck George when he encounters his first ever female human
being, the spunky, pretty heiress Ursula (the adorable Leslie Mann).
Alas, big problems ensue when Ursula's smug wealthy jerk fiancé Lyle (a
sublimely smarmy Thomas Haden Church) won't take no for an answer.
Leslie's snotty mom likewise disapproves of George and when two greedy
mercenaries kidnap George's best friend, an intelligent, sarcastic,
bespectacled talking ape named -- what else? -- Ape (Monty Python's
John Cleese supplies Ape's marvelously plummy Brit-accented voice),
it's up to George to save him.
Proficiently directed by Sam Weisman, with a smart and witty script by Dana Olsen and Audrey Wells, this film does Jay Ward's seminal character proud: there's a refreshing dearth of sappy sentiment, the cinematography is gorgeously expansive, we've got lots of clever, self-referential jokes (a bunch of guys who speak perfectly comprehensible English are subtitled anyway), plus there's cool supporting characters like Tookie the Toucan bird, a pack of drum pounding gorillas who at one point deck themselves out in ninja garb, and Shep, an elephant who thinks he's a dog (!); an agreeably cute'n'campy sense of humor which never becomes too self-consciously hip, an enjoyably cornball score by Marc Shaiman, terrific special f/x puppet work by Jim Henson's Creature Shop, a nifty animated opening credits sequence, a fantastic rockin' cover of the classic theme song by the Presidents of the United States of America, hilariously overwrought narration ("Meanwhile, back at a really big footprint in the mud"), a great coda with Ape slaying audiences in Las Vegas with a glitzy casino lounge act (he belts out a hearty rendition of Frank Sinatra's "My Way"!), and Richard "Shaft" Roundtree as a genial native guide. Why, we even have a solid and positive central message about how there's more to a person's overall worth than the station they hold in life. A sweet, funny and charming little winner.
Years after a plane crash in the heart of Africa saw him separated from
his parents as a baby, young George has been brought up by the animals,
specifically his friend Ape (who is an ape). Many decades have gone by
when George's quiet existence is interrupted by a group of explorers
and their guides. When two of the party get attacked by a lion George
is forced to intervene and carries the unconscious Ursula back to his
tree house. As her boyfriend tries to track down the mysterious "white
ape", George and Ursula get to know one another.
Opening with a cartoon opening sequence and a wonderfully absurd and catchy theme song, the switch to live action doesn't affect the tone of the film at all as it remains as silly as the opening. Of course in many ways this is a problem because the whole thing is very silly and you really need to buy into it to stop yourself being annoyed by it. But if you do get into it then it is actually quite a fun little piece of nonsense that can be watched in mixed groups of adults and children. The material is very obvious but the knowing humour and cartoon-style delivery make it work on this level and although I laughed only once or twice I generally found the energy of the film quite engaging. The plot is not really important but it does just about enough to hold the whole thing together.
The cast are very much secondary to the whole air of the piece but they do well to buy into it. It is strange to see Fraser in this now as he has since been a "good actor" and also an "action star", but here he is a good sport and takes to the role pretty well even if he is found wanting in anything other than daft moments. Mann is obvious and lacks the material to have a good time. Church is the butt of many a joke and wears it well, matching the material and tone. Cleese is always welcome and is amusing while minor support from Taylor and Roundtree is good fun. Scott's narration sets the tone well and he has nice lines to deliver.
Overall this is a very silly film that will annoy anyone who doesn't get into the right mindset really early on. However to those that enter its own daffy universe, it is actually quite good fun unrelentingly childish and silly, it does have a cartoony energy to it that somehow manages to work, producing a film that will please children and some adults.
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That sums it up.
I did not think I would like the film as much as I do.
Been a fan of Holland Taylor since "Bosom Buddies".
Good work by Brendan & her.
Could have done without the toilet humor. Not needed at all & a big downer for me in the film.
I fast forward through these scenes.
Much needed is a wide screen/letter box version of the film on DVD. Need extras as well.
It is a shame with this film based in the Jungle where the landscape is part of the story you can see the whole picture.
I look forward to a Disney release of the film on DVD.
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