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MVP: Most Valuable Primate (2000)

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When Jack, a sign-language-speaking chimp, makes break for freedom his talent for ice skating soon turns him into the local hockey team's secret weapon. But the lab officials are closing in.


Robert Vince
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Bernie Bernie ... Jack
Louie ... Jack
Mac Mac ... Jack
Russell Ferrier Russell Ferrier ... Darren
Lomax Study Lomax Study ... Dr. Kendall
Kevin Zegers ... Steven Westover
Jamie Renée Smith ... Tara Westover
Alexa Fox Alexa Fox ... Jane (as Alexa Benette Fox)
Jane Sowerby Jane Sowerby ... Julie Beston
Ingrid Tesch ... Susie Westover
Philip Granger ... Mark Westover
Rick Ducommun ... Coach Marlowe
Aaron Smolinski ... Pete
Shane Vajda Shane Vajda ... Moose
Trevor Roberts ... Larry


Jack is a three-year-old chimpanzee who has been the subject of a long-term experiment by Dr. Kendall, a researcher who been teaching Jack to communicate through sign language. Jack, however, has not been making progress fast enough for Dr. Kendall's sponsor, Dr. Peabody, who has cut off his funding and sold Jack to a medical research lab. Afraid of what could happen to his simian friend, Dr. Kendall sneaks Jack out of his home in the lab; however, Jack is accidentally sent to Canada, where he escapes and is discovered by Tara, a deaf girl who recognizes Jack's sign language. Jack has an even bigger surprise for Tara's older brother Steven; Jack scrambles onto the ice in the midst of practice for Steven's junior league hockey team, and he and his teammates discover the primate has a natural talent for the game. With Jack on the team, Steven's team is on their way to a league championship, but Jack's notoriety attracts the unfortunate attention of Dr. Peabody, who are determined to ... Written by Dawkins

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Jack skates a little faster... Shoots a little harder... And is driving everyone bananas.


Comedy | Family | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild language | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


Moose: [to Steven, after slips and falls against the boards] Y'all right there, Yankee boy?
[Steven proceeds to defend himself, and leaps over the bench at him]
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Crazy Credits

(Closing dedication) In Memory of Elizabeth Anne Harland (Vince) See more »


Referenced in Best of the Worst: Ninja Movies (2014) See more »


Clear Sailing
Performed by Lori Wenger, Terry Bradford, Rod Frias & Melinda Lindner
Music & Lyrics by Brahm Wenger & John M. Rosenberg
Published by Malvan Productions Music (BMI)
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User Reviews

Totally Cute!
21 August 2002 | by gangsta_cheeSee all my reviews

I thought the movie was adoring! Monkeys are so intelligent! I personally never liked movies with monkeys in them (e.g. Dunston Checks In, Mighty Joe Young etc.) But thanks to my baby cousin for requesting this movie, as I would have never known the amazing qualities that a monkey can have!

Jack, the monkey, is an amazing creature. It never strikes to ANYONE that it's possible for a monkey to skate on ice! Even I, myself have a little trouble sometimes!

Jamie Renee Smith is a great actor! Since she couldn't speak that well, we had to rely on her facial expressions, which were very believable.

Kevin Zegers, what can I say? Great looking actor, I must say, but I really don't think he was put to his full potential for this movie. He always seemed to look a little nervous most of the time. Otherwise, brilliant movie, and I suggest ANYONE who wants something to do, watch this movie!

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Release Date:

20 October 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$99,518, 13 August 2000

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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