Quick DVD review – ‘Monkey Trouble’

Before Saturday 3rd of March 2018

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m…

Okay! I can’t help it! I’m so excited! I can’t believe that I’m actually reviewing this movie today! It’s just so unbelievable! For the first time ever, I’m going to review… (deep breath) …‘Monkey Business’!

I know! It’s amazing! I’m reviewing the 1931 film with the Marx Brothers, one of the best comedy groups matching the likes of Laurel & Hardy. It’s not the 1952 film with Cary Grant, since I’ve not seen that yet. And anyway, I’d prefer to review the Marx Brothers film. I can’t believe I’m doing this!

So hold on tight, everyone! For the first time ever, this is…

Cuddles: “Master! Master!”

Yes, Cuddles? What do you want?

Cuddles: “It’s not ‘Monkey Business’ you’re reviewing today, Master.”

It isn’t?

Cuddles: “No.”

Oh! Well what film is it I’m reviewing today?

Cuddles: “It’s ‘Monkey Trouble’!

Moment of silence.

Oh.

Another moment of silence.

(happily) “Well that’s a great movie too!”


After Saturday 3rd of March 2018

In all seriousness though, ‘Monkey Trouble’ is one of my fondest film memories since my family and I had a DVD player back in 2001. I first saw the movie on VHS when my best mate Stephen lent me his copy of it. I owned ‘Monkey Trouble’ as my second DVD after ‘Stuart Little’ which I enjoyed very much.

‘Monkey Trouble’ is a 1994 children’s film directed by Franco Amurri. It’s the story about a nine-year old girl named Eva who wants to have a pet, but his mom and stepdad don’t want to. Eva soon has a Capuchin monkey enter into her life before she owns him as her own secret pet and names Dodger.

At first, Eva is happy with her new-found cute pet. But it turns out that Dodger isn’t the cute, innocent monkey he seems to be. Dodger was once owned by a criminal gypsy thief and was trained in the art of stealing gold and jewelry. Can Eva get to ‘dis-teach’ Dodger off from his thieving habits?

The film stars Thora Birch as Eva with Mimi Rogers as Amy, Eva’s mom; Christopher McDonald as Tom, Eva’s stepdad and Harvey Keitel as Azro, the gypsy thief. The performances of the cast are really superb in this film and the chemistry between Eva and his monkey Dodger is very spellbinding.

This children’s comedy film has been funny from beginning to end. It’s also very clever in how the story’s been told with the monkey Dodger being well-trained in the film’s making. ‘Monkey Trouble’ is also rather underrated, as it doesn’t get talked about these days. Should it be talked about more?

I purchased the 2002 US DVD version of ‘Monkey Trouble’ after our original 2000 UK DVD version played up when we revisited it this year. My parents and I enjoyed re-watching ‘Monkey Trouble’ on the 2002 US DVD version, especially as it works well on the new Blu-ray player we got since last year.

I’m surprised ‘Monkey Trouble’ never got a re-release on DVD and Blu-ray since it was initially released on DVD in 2000 in the UK and in 2002 in the USA. I think this film should get a re-release, as it’s a charming, entertaining kids’ film. The comedy works well and the cast give good performances.

If you should ever want to check out ‘Monkey Trouble’, whether it’s on DVD or on digital download from say Google Play, I can guarantee you’ll be in for a good time with this film. ‘Monkey Trouble’ gave me happy memories when I first saw it in 2001. Don’t miss out on this film. It’s worth watching!

Thanks for reading!

One day I may review ‘Monkey Business’ with the Marx Brothers. One day. 😀

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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