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JUNGLE 2 JUNGLE

SYNOPSIS:

Tim Allen plays a broker whose life revolves around work. When he goes to the jungle in Venezuela to finalise his divorce from his estranged wife, she drops a bombshell - he has a 13 year old son he knows nothing about….

"The grinding pressure of modern life comes face to face with a simpler, more primitive way of living in the antic Jungle 2 Jungle. A melange of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and The Wild Child, with a smattering of Secrets & Lies, it’s a cut-and-paste job shaped for the comic sensibilities of star Tim Allen and a host of supporting players. Apart from a few P.C. glitches, pic is a warm-hearted family outing that should do decent mid-range business but lacks the flare or originality to be a breakout hit… Allen has perfected playing a presumably calm center in the storm. When he loses control, the results are often riotous. But he’s rapidly evolving into a sedentary presence, and that lack of physical comedy proves disappointing in this mix. As a result, the hyperactivity of Martin Short, as his anxious business partner, is heightened. Always a delight to watch, Short winds up giving too much to compensate for the star’s low-key turn….An extremely handsome physical production, with breathtaking Venezuelan vistas by Tony Pierce-Roberts, Jungle 2 Jungle is an otherwise modest effort. Simple truths are often the most effective, but in this instance they are only banal and mildly amusing."
Leonard Klady, Variety


"…The bracing thing about Jungle 2 Jungle is that it doesn’t expect you to believe in anything. Disney’s pragmatism comes in several varieties and in this raucous remake of the French comedy Un Indien Dans La Ville we have the refreshingly schmalz-free kind. Ridiculous complications occur when Tim Allen’s futures trader tracks down the ex-wife he hasn’t seen in 14 years to her Amazon home and discovers that they have a son …Once back in Manhattan, the boy does a Crocodile Dundee while the script pelts sight gags at Wall Street, the fashion world, and a succession of household pets, one of which - a complacent white Persian cat - stars in a scene which plays like an out-take from a John Cleese movie. While not exactly witty, these developments generate a few belly laughs, and if pleasantly bland Tim Allen doesn’t emerge at the end as quite the reformed character he’s supposed to be, who cares? Certainly not Disney."
Sandra Hall, Sydney Morning Herald

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JUNGLE 2 JUNGLE (PG)
(US)

CAST: Tim Allen, Martin Short, JoBeth Williams, Lolita Davidovich, Sam Huntington, David Ogden Stiers, Bob Dishy, Valerie Mahaffey, Lee Lee Sobieski, Frankie J. Galasso, luis Avalos, Carole Shelley, Dominic Keating

DIRECTOR: John Pasquin

PRODUCER: Brian Reilly

SCRIPT:Bruce A. Evans, Raynold Gideon (based on film "Un Indien dans la Ville", by Herve Palud, Thierry Lhermitte, Igor Aptekman, Philippe Bruneau de la Salle

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Tony Pierce-Roberts

EDITOR: Michael A. Stevenson

MUSIC: Michael Convertino

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Stuart Wurtzel

RUNNING TIME: 105 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: June 19, 1997







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