JUNGLE 2 JUNGLE

"The Noble Son"

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Content: -1 Discretion advised for older children.

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JUNGLE TO JUNGLE is a very funny noble savage movie. The movie opens with Michael Cromwell, played by Tim Allen, giving ulcers to his partner Richard, played by Martin Short, by buying coffee futures at a high price. Michael then hops on a plane for the jungles of South America so he can finalize his divorce with a wife he hasn’t seen for 12 years. When he gets to the remote native village, he finds out that he has a 13-year-old son named Mimi. Mimi goes back to New York with Michael and experiences all sorts of adventures. When Michael crosses the Russian Mafia, Mimi saves the day and then heads home to South America. Michael realizes that selfishness is not a virtue and comes to the conclusion that he wants his family.

The pacing and jungle versus civilization humor bring frequent laughter. There are moments, however, when the supporting cast seems to be window dressing. Furthermore, there is too much bathroom humor. Also, Michael uses too many “Oh my God’s.” Although there are no sexual relationships shown, it is implied that Michael is living with his fiancee. On the other hand, this is a very funny movie wherein Michael comes to realize that he would prefer to be a father and a husband, than a wealthy commodities broker.

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(Ro, B, L, V, A, D) Classic romantic worldview featuring noble savage with moral elements; 4 exclamatory profanities & 6 obscenities & vulgarities; slapstick violence including chase by a spider, chase by crocodile, attack by snake, falling through banister, & a light-weight fight scene; no sex; no nudity, but revealing dresses; alcohol use; and, smoking

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JUNGLE 2 JUNGLE is a very funny noble savage yarn based on the pathetic French movie, LITTLE INDIAN, BIG CITY, which MOVIEGUIDE panned last year. The good news is that Disney has cleaned up the story considerably and removed almost all of the New Age/pagan attributes. The bad news is there is some offensive language and scatological humor as well as the suggestion that the 13-year-old is eligible for a serious relationship with the opposite sex. However, the better news is that the movie ends in restoring marriage and extolling the family.

The movie opens with Michael Cromwell (Tim Allen) giving his partner Richard (Martin Short) ulcers by buying coffee futures at a very high price and then hopping on a plane for the jungles of South America so he can finalize his divorce with a wife he hasn’t seen for 12 years. When he gets to the remote native village where his wife, Patricia, works, he finds out that he has a 13-year-old son, Mimi (Sam Huntington), who is very adept at the ways of the jungle. Michael is shamed by his wife, his son and the tribe into bringing the boy back to New York with him. There the boy get into all sorts of problems, upsetting Michael’s fiancee, a designer named Charlotte (Lolita Davidovich), who is surrounded by effete friends.

Meanwhile, coffee is dropping in price. Richard engineers a sale of the commodity to the Russian Mafia. Mike gets second thoughts, and so Richard and Michael buy back the shares. Unexpectedly, the price of coffee starts to soar, and the Mafia boss goes after Richard and Michael. Mimi saves the day and then heads home to South America. Michael realizes that selfishness is not a virtue and comes to the conclusion that he wants his family back.

Tim Allen is at his comic best here. Sam Huntington is superb as Mimi. The pacing, jungle humor, including dangerous snakes, spiders and crocodiles, bring frequent laughter. There are moments, however, when the supporting cast seems to be just window dressing. Furthermore, there is too much humor that deals with going to the bathroom and one offensive scatological line about cats. Also, Michael uses too many “Oh my God’s.”

Although there are no sexual relationships shown, it is implied that Michael is living with his fiancee, and Mimi’s relationship with Richard’s daughter is encouraged, though nothing happens on screen. Furthermore, although the noble savage theme is played for laughs, it does confront the biblical roots of civilization, just as anti-Christian philosopher Jean Jacques Rousseau intended.

On the other hand, this is a very funny movie where Michael realizes where he would prefer to be a father and a husband, rather than a wealthy commodities broker. So in the final analysis, his marriage is restored and family is re-united.

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