Parents' Guide to

Monky

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Seemingly silly tale actually has intense, difficult themes.

Movie NR 2017 86 minutes
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This seemingly lighthearted comedy about living with a monkey is framed by intense grief and pain, which makes for an odd combination. Take away the themes of death and interspecies reincarnation, and Monky goes for some standard laughs about the perils of living with an undomesticated wild animal. There are the requisite bathroom jokes, the curious and astonished neighbors, and a lot of throwing food. Kids will likely find these parts hilarious. The best character may be the grandmother, who -- despite being set up as the foil who interferes with the family's plans -- consistently shows genuine concern for her family and ends up being perhaps the most logical of the bunch.

And, as sad as it is, the death of the little sister -- and the family's reaction to it -- could actually be something interesting to explore. But it feels as though the movie can't make up its mind. Is it a slapstick comedy for kids, or is it a deeper exploration about the effects of losing a child and how to move through grief? Some may feel uncomfortable about the way Monky mixes the two.

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