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BTDesign Award
MVP: Most Valuable Primate (1999)

Cast: Steven Westover, Tara Westover, Jamie Renee Smith, Kevin Zegers, Coach Marlowe

Director(s): Robert Vince

Language: English

Genre: Comedy

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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 g... [Get complete synopsis]


Deril wrote on January 16, 2007, 3:31 pm
Although this movie used a real chimp, it still fails to delivery ANYTHING.
This is a pile of shit. Honestly, how do movies like this get made??? I could go to hollywood and say "Hey you, producer man, I have a great story about monkeys doing un-monkey-like things, pay me lots of money and let's get this thing done! Did I mention the monkey's best friend is a talking pie?"
producer - "Howard, you've done it again"

Papamikey wrote on January 16, 2007, 4:38 pm

AND this has spawned a whole SERIES of MVP Monkey movies...go check out the "Family" section of your local Rogers Video...

Man, this monkey does everything but a routine colonoscopy...wait for it....wait for it......
motleymitch wrote on April 20, 2007, 8:26 pm
Okay, it's bad, but I did chuckle a few times just because, well, it's a monkey!
It is utterly predictable, there are BLATANT rip-off scenes straight outta 'Slap Shot', there are scenes where it is clearly a midget (or a kid) in a monkey costume in a hockey costume, because there is no way in hell a chimp can do any of the actual hockey stuff accurately. Scenes of the monkey skating are played in slightly-faster-motion to appear as though he's keeping pace with the humans - kinda funny in a Benny Hill way. Plus, the girl who befriends the monkey is deaf, so I got a kick out of watching the sign language interaction.
But it IS a terrible, atrocious film in all aspects. Harmless fun for kids though.

THIS dialogue actually happened while watching it at Deril's:

Coach: We could make the championships!

Me: Don't you mean the CHIMPionships?
(Darrell and I laugh at my quip which is followed immediately by....)

Kid hockey player: Don't you mean the CHIMPionships?

Darrell and I look at each other in amazement.
*I* could write this movie!!!
Oh well. Monkeys!

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