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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
There's a clear sense that stealing and lying are bad, but there aren't a lot of consequences for either.
Positive Role Models
With a monkey trained to steal, and a little girl who lies to her parents about where she's going for the weekend, there isn't much in the way of positive role models, despite the little girl's attempts to cure the monkey of its thieving habits.
Violence & Scariness
A monkey picks up a gun, points it at its head, then aims, shoots, and fires it at his owner.
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Products & Purchases
Kenny Rogers Roasters is prominently displayed. A little girl wears clothing from B.U.M. Equipment, and a billboard advertising this company is shown on several occasions. A monkey drinks out of a clearly marked Minute Maid orange juice box.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A "bad" guy is shown drinking from a can concealed in a brown paper bag. He also drinks from a flask. In his living quarters, the man keeps a bottle of booze next to his phone.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Monkey Trouble is a low-budget 1994 comedy with plenty of potty humor. A monkey urinates on a floor, passes gas, and closes a toilet seat because of the smell. Some iffy behavior -- sneaking out against parents' wishes -- receives mild consequences, and the main character is mischievous and bratty. Scenes where Harvey Keitel -- who plays a drunken transient -- pursues a young girl might be a little scary for younger viewers. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
MONKEY TROUBLE is more trouble than its worth. Perhaps there's at least something of a kitsch factor in a movie where a very young Thora Birch plays a mischievous and slightly bratty little girl, and Harvey Keitel plays a grizzled street performer. But with a kleptomaniac monkey, some serious overacting (from Birch in particular), a predictable story, and low-brow humor (which should come as no surprise, seeing how a monkey is billed as the "star" of the movie), this movie really doesn't have much to offer.
While animal lovers and fans of animal movies might enjoy some of the monkey's tricks, the fact that the monkey basically robs people blind and finds a lot of humor in urination and flatulence is enough to turn off lots of folks over the age of 12. And for parents, the way Birch's character figures out a way to sneak out of the house for an entire weekend by lying about where she's going might inspire some terrible ideas for kids.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.