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Jungle 2 Jungle (1997)

PG | | Comedy, Family | 7 March 1997 (USA)
A man learns he has a thirteen-year-old son who was raised in the jungle and brings the boy to New York City, turning his life upside down in the process.

Director:

John Pasquin

Writers:

Hervé Palud (earlier screenplay Un indien dans la ville), Thierry Lhermitte (earlier screenplay Un indien dans la ville) | 4 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Allen ... Michael Cromwell
Martin Short ... Richard Kempster
JoBeth Williams ... Dr. Patricia Cromwell
Lolita Davidovich ... Charlotte
Sam Huntington ... Mimi-Siku
David Ogden Stiers ... Alexei Jovanovic
Bob Dishy ... George Langston
Valerie Mahaffey ... Jan Kempster
Leelee Sobieski ... Karen Kempster (as LeeLee Sobieski)
Frankie J. Galasso ... Andrew Kempster
Luis Avalos ... Abe
Carole Shelley ... Fiona
Dominic Keating ... Ian
Rondi Reed ... Sarah
Oni Faida Lampley Oni Faida Lampley ... Madeleine
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Storyline

Michael Cromwell is a successful albeit self-absorbed commodities broker who wants to marry his new girlfriend, but to do that he has to divorce his ex-wife who has spent several years living among South American Indians. When he travels there to obtain the divorce papers, he discovers he has a teenage son, who accompanies him back to America to learn the ways of the urban jungle. Written by Tom Daly

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Get a little savage.

Genres:

Comedy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild violence and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 March 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jungle to Jungle See more »

Filming Locations:

Orlando, Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,812,047, 9 March 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$59,925,026, 5 September 1997
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

At one point, when Mimi walks outside along a ledge at Charlotte's office, a man exclaims: "He's doing a Fay Wray!" This is in reference to the actress Fay Wray, whom was the lead in the 1933 movie King Kong. She was carried to the top of the Empire State Building by King Kong. See more »

Goofs

In the scene with the fish tank, the mother of the household refers to one of the fish as a "Poecilia latipinna" from the Amazon. Mimi-Siku agrees with her and even gives its native name. However, Poecilia latipinna, commonly known as the Sailfin Molly, actually comes from North Carolina down to Texas and the Yucatan Peninsula. Also, the fish in the tank are in fact Rift Valley cichlids from Africa. See more »

Quotes

Mimi-Siku: I want to see Statue of Liberty, I go!
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Connections

Featured in Nostalgia Critic: Jungle 2 Jungle (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

It Starts In The Heart
Written by Steve Diamond and Regie Hamm
Performed by Maxi Priest
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Can be amusing for kids at least
11 July 2007 | by Electrified_VoltageSee all my reviews

I first watched this live action Disney flick shortly after it came out in video in 1997. It was around the time of my eleventh birthday, and I was very pleased with the film, enough to watch it more than once. I don't know exactly how many times I watched it, but definitely several times. Years later, after seeing that the IMDb rating for "Jungle 2 Jungle" was low, I finally watched it again, for the first time in I don't know how long, and like I expected, it no longer meant much to me.

Michael Cromwell is a commodities broker in New York. It has been years since his wife, Patricia left him, and he now has a new fiancé, but before they can marry, he must go down to the Amazon (where his first wife now lives), to make the divorce official. While there, Michael learns that he has a son, who is part of the primitive tribe that Patricia now lives with! His name is Mimi-Siku, and while Michael is stuck on the island, the boy turns thirteen, the age which he is considered a man in this tribe. Mimi is assigned by the tribe's chief to go to New York and get the fire from the Statue of Liberty, so Michael reluctantly takes his son home with him. Mimi-Siku has always lived very primitively, and has never experienced city life, so while in New York, he is bound to unintentionally cause trouble!

Watching "Jungle 2 Jungle" after my adolescent years had come and gone, I didn't find it very funny at all. I smiled a few times (mostly the parts where Richard Kempster, Michael Cromwell's co-worker, played by comedian Martin Short, throws fits) but if I ever actually laughed, it was very slight, and if I saw the gag again, I probably wouldn't laugh at all. For the most part, I kept a straight face, and found most of the movie quite simply boring. There are also some jokes that are a tad embarrassing, such as Michael Cromwell lying awake in his hammock on the island while others around him are constantly farting in their sleep, and quite a few embarrassing quotes that are supposed to be funny.

It appears that Tim Allen has starred in a lot of movies that haven't been too well received. "Jungle 2 Jungle" is one of those movies, and right now, I can understand why. Overall, this is a mediocre Disney feature in my opinion, though many consider it lower than that. After enjoying this movie when I was eleven years old, then watching it again after growing up and not thinking much of it, I would say that it's definitely for the younger folk, and for adults, there are definitely comedies of this kind (ones about someone living a primitive lifestyle somewhere in the world and coming to a city for the first time in their lives) that are much more likely to impress you.


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