Danny is a lonely 10-year-old living on a ranch in Arizona. His parents are at odds. Danny and his chimpanzee friend Max, who can talk, have a series of adventures in which the adults, the police, or a pack of ruffian kids all want to capture Max. The family finds new strength to remain a family, and Danny and Max sing a rousing hip hop song at a country fair. Max tells the entire story as a flashback to a TV reporter while he takes a limo to a celebrity event in Hollywood.