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Monkey Business (1952)

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Howard Hawks hoped to capture the screwball comic fervor of his 1938 film Bringing Up Baby with his 1952 comedy Monkey Business. As in the earlier film, Cary Grant stars as an absent-minded professor involved in a research project. This time he's a chemist seeking a "fountain of youth" formula that will revitalize middle-agers both mentally and physically. Though Grant's own laboratory experiments yield little fruit, a lab monkey, let loose from its cage, mixes a few random chemicals and comes

May 14, 2002

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All Critics (23) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (3) | DVD (15)

Attempt to draw out a thin, familiar slapstick idea isn't carried off.

February 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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Monkey Business ranks with the best works of the American cinema.

February 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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As soon as this gag is established and provokes the obvious guffaws, the subsequent changes rung upon it become just a little dull.

March 25, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Times
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he timing of the gags can put most Hollywood comedies, never mind TV sitcoms, to shame.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Mildly amusing screwball comedy about the effects of a youth formula on a married couple, in the vein of (but not as witty or funny) Hawks' 1938 Bringing Up Baby, which also starred Cary Grant.

August 3, 2012 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

The rather strained, juvenile high jinks do have their funny lines and situations, plus Monroe as an incompetent stenographer.

February 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

A goofy premise and slight script are transformed into something very funny by director Howard Hawks and a cast of screen legends.

February 3, 2009 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

...eventually becomes just as silly and over-the-top as one might've anticipated.

April 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Cute comedy with a nice early appearance by Marilyn Monroe.

November 4, 2004
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Screwball monkeying around with Grant and Rogers.

October 25, 2004

Perhaps the greatest Hollywood director who ever lived, Howard Hawks knew instinctively how to use certain actors.

June 5, 2004 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Plenty of funny moments.

January 13, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

O ponto alto é ver Grant se comportar como uma criança travessa - especialmente na cena em que ele entra em conflito com a também rejuvenescida Ginger Rogers.

July 25, 2003
Cinema em Cena

Pretty funny star vehicle from Howard Hawks.

November 25, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Combines a few lovable Hollywood icons, an admittedly goofball plot, some sweet-natured romance, and brilliant rapid-fire exchanges of breathless comedic dialogue.

July 25, 2002 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

'Monkey Business' has its moments, but they may prove too few for the patience of many viewers.

May 11, 2002
Movie Metropolis

Grant is as wonderful as ever, pulling the film along when its plot drags or his co-stars ham it up too much.

April 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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Audience Reviews for Monkey Business

If you like screwball comedies, this is for you! You can't beat Cary Grant's bemused expression when one of his leading ladies--Ginger Rogers and Marilyn Monroe--say something, well, screwy. And he certainly has a way with chimpanzees!
July 29, 2012
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This, another in a long line of Howard Hawks comedies, centers around the absurd in every aspect, the wit and candor of other comedies of the era complacent to take a backseat to physical comedy and the antics of two youthful adults. The two main stars of the film are Ginger Rogers and Cary Grant. Rogers, famous for the song and dance at MGM, does show off her pipes and happy feet but in a minimal sense. This film better showcases her acting abilities. Grant has already been placed in roles where he's either confused, or nerdy, or subject to public embarrassment. This film has them all in heaping amounts. The science behind the plot on the other hand is troubling. This formula is supposed to make you youthful and invigorated, but instead of changing you to look young, you act young. Now, there are a hundred ways in modern society that you can feel young without going to these lengths, so much of the plot just doesn't translate for modern audiences. This is a steep hill to climb, but it's when Grant and Rogers take said formula together that the film really works. They are both infantile, and their give and take as small children is actually really hilarious. Rogers truly does some of her best work in this film, without playing second fiddle to a certain unnamed dance partner. Also on the billing is legendary starlet Marilyn Monroe, who is far less than trivial to the film, and shows off an early rendition of her later persona as a bubble head with hidden dwellings of intelligence and wit. It's cute and quirky, with many monkeys to spare.
November 8, 2011
FrizzDrop

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This is a goofy comedy starring Grant and Rogers, but Monroe plays a small part as Grant's secretary or something. The story isn't very unique, but it's funny and the movie is enjoyable.
November 7, 2010
ajv2688

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Haha! Loved it! Cary Grant and Ginger Rogers are just masters of physical comedy. It's one thing to act young, it's another thing to have your expressions look young. Hilarious!
Not the best screwball comedy I've ever seen, but certainly had it's funny parts! Strange they feature this as a Marilyn Monroe film when she certainly wasn't the best part of it, sorry Marilyn.
August 25, 2010
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