Parents' Guide to

Summer of the Monkeys

By Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

A heartwarming chimp tale.

Movie G 1998 101 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 7+

Lots of potential But I could do without the use of guns

We gave this movie a try as it looked interesting and like it would have some good values. When we got into it there is a man in the woods that came after the main character with a gun. He shot the gun Into the Woods several times and said for the boy never to come near him again. This really scared my son.

This title has:

Too much violence
age 13+

Summer of the Monkey Screw up

This story did not follow the novel by Wilson Rawls and is an insult to the book. It is a poorly done movie and a disappointment.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (4):

This movie has its share of monkeys, but we're also forced to deal with the belligerent and unlikable main character, Jay Berry, his limping sister and rigid mother. The script fails to flesh out these characters and leaves us wondering what made them the way they are. Lending a degree of dignity to the proceedings are Michael Ontkean as Jay Berry's subdued and kindhearted father, and Wilford Brimley as Grandpa Sam, the crusty old voice of reason.

But a few good actors can't overcome the movie's biggest disappointment -- the monkeys themselves. For circus performers, they're just not very entertaining. Mostly they sit around, occasionally throwing in a tired back flip or two.

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