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Funky Monkey (2004)

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.

Director:

Harry Basil

Writers:

Lance Kinsey (story), Peter Nelson (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Modine ... Alec McCall
Roma Downey ... Megan
Seth Adkins ... Michael
Alexandre Aubry Alexandre Aubry ... Clemens Impersonator
Jean-Luc Orofino Jean-Luc Orofino ... Clemens Action Impersonator
Pat Finn ... Peters
Taylor Negron ... Flick
Liliana Komorowska ... Nun Cathrine
Kaleigh Krish Kaleigh Krish ... Christina
Gilbert Gottfried ... Dr. Spleen
Jochen Nickel ... Doctor
Fred Ward ... Don Decker
Jeffrey Tambor ... Crane
Luke Stratte-McClure ... Brad
Justine Basil Justine Basil ... Laura
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Storyline

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 {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hairy Tale See more »

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This was Rick Ducommun's final film before his death on June 12, 2015 at the age of 62. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Connections

References Planet of the Apes (1968) See more »

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Hey, bunky, Funky Monkey is a top banana of a film!
10 February 2014 | by inkblot11See all my reviews

Alec (Matthew Modine) has been training a talented chimp, Clemens, for the spy business. His boss, Flick (Taylor Negron) is most pleased with the animal's progress. But, alas, he has a heart of stone. Alec learns on the day he is to find another position that Flick intends to use Clemens as part of a "simian army" and other nefarious activities. So, he steals Clemens away. Off they go to San Diego, where they find digs from a landlord (Roma Downey), who has a super-bright son Michael. This beautiful lady is often away on her job as a top computer programmer so Alec, Michael, and Clemens all become great friends. Clemens even saves them all from a motorcycle gang at a city park, where the little chimp tangles them up on the swing set! But, Michael is shy at school and could really use Alec's help in two ways. One, as a former star football player, this older man could help Michael make the team. Two, Alec is assigned the job of getting a beautiful cheerleader to notice Mike. Whew! Meanwhile, Flick and his bumbling assistants are hot on Alec's trail, for they want the chimp back at all costs. What a mixture of romance, action, slapstick comedy and good versus bad, right? Right! This film is a wonderful family movie, for it has nearly everything. That is, viewers will find a great cast, a fine script, a beautiful setting, a zesty direction and a lovable, talented chimp! Hey, bunky, get Funky Monkey, its a top banana of a film!


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