Animal Behavior (1989)
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In this enjoyable, lighthearted "he's fallen for her" situational, a music professor finds a science department faculty member too deeply engrossed in her inter-species communication studies (she talks to chimps) to even notice him. Since he can't get her mind off her studies, he decides to work part-time for her in the university laboratory. In this way he becomes aware of her dilemma: she's found that her research funds are set to be axed. He's there to help her figure out a way to prove their
Jun 1, 1989 Wide
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The problem in "Animal Behavior" isn't the animal behavior. It's Susan Rice's sweet-natured but unskilled script, and Anne Riley's direction, which underlines its connect-the-dots obviousness while ignoring its screwball comedy possibilities.
The movie plays as if it had not been directed by anyone, or as if someone had come along and attempted to improve whatever the original director had done.
Allen and Assante are so terrific together you regret that "Animal Behavior," goes for whimsy and sentimentality rather than the screwball humor and sophistication of "Bringing Up Baby."
With a poor script, some very poor acting from Allen and, surprisingly, Holly Hunter, this was doomed to fail.
This modest little movie deserves to be seen and appreciated. It manages to be intelligent without being pompous or pretentious, and entertaining without resorting to titillation.
Allen, who at 38 is a mite old to be playing a grad student, has the worst agent in the Western world, having parlayed one of the best roles in movie history into a zippo career...
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