Boy genius Michael Dean (Adkins) teams up with a super-talented chimpanzee and his caretaker (Modine) to take down an animal testing lab. In exchange the scientist gives the boy some pointers on the girl of his dreams.



(story), (story) | 3 more credits »

Watch Now

From $9.99 (SD) on Amazon Video



Cast overview, first billed only:
Alexandre Aubry ...
Jean-Luc Orofino ...
Kaleigh Krish ...
Justine Basil ...


This amusing, darkly comic tale follows CIA agent Jack McCall and a chimpanzee that he attempts to liberate from a testing lab. Named Clemens, the chimp has been trained in martial arts combat, as part of a program designed to turn the creatures into fearsome fighting machines. Naturally this leads to plenty of slapstick moments between Modine and the chimp, especially when they seek refuge in the home of a boy and his mother as the owners of the lab hotfoot it after the escaped primate. Written by Anthony Pereyra {}

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


He's One High Tech Super Chimp. See more »


Comedy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some action violence, language and crude humor | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:






Release Date:

17 September 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hairy Tale  »

Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

| |


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The movie was originally shot in France. But when the studio did not like the results, they decided to re-shoot almost the entire movie in San Diego, California. Only a handful of minutes of the original movie shot in France made it to the final cut. See more »


When Clements the chimp sprays Michael with the hose, a human hand is visible at the bottom of the screen steadying the sprayer. See more »


References King Kong (1933) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Funky Monkey Rules!
13 June 2005 | by (Greencastle, IN) – See all my reviews

Run, don't walk to your nearest video store and get this film! We were fortunate to get it on our MVP membership at Hollywood Video so it was free! It's worth twice that much! The title character is a genetically enhanced super-chimp that is not only very intelligent, but possesses keen Ninja skills as well. Not only that, but he is apparently able to change his height from shot to shot in this awesome movie! Sometimes he's your basic 3 foot tall primate, and other times it looks like he's a human sized ninja fighting side to side with partner Matthew Modine! Wow! This ape is super-talented! Add to this stellar performances from both Taylor Negron and Gilbert Gottfried - what can you say - box office magic! 10 stars! Brain cells - use them or lose them!

14 of 34 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Hairy Tale being re-filmed 17th Nov to 22nd Dec 2003 keithrogers
Funky Monkey Video release HBASIL7665
hairy tale release date ?!?!?! sebastiensoudais
Anyone else think Champagne girl is hot? jeff8mypizza
where did the french version go? bitethewaxtadpole22
did anyone hear ashburn2477
Discuss Funky Monkey (2004) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: