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Dunston Checks In (1996)

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20

Average Rating: 4.5/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 4

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Average Rating: 2.5/5
User Ratings: 45,859

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Movie Info

A nervous hotel manager has all sorts of monkey business to deal with (actually orangutan business, but you get the idea) in this comedy for the family. Robert Grant (Jason Alexander) is the manager of The Majestic Hotel, a large and highly luxurious five-star facility. Grant is harried, overworked, and wants to take his two sons, Kyle (Eric Lloyd) and Brian (Graham Sack), on a well-deserved vacation, but when the owner of the Majestic, Mrs. Dubrow (Faye Dunnaway), hears that the hotel is being

PG,

Comedy, Kids & Family

May 28, 2002

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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All Critics (24) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (1) | Rotten (15) | DVD (4)

It's a first-class, stylish farce with a brisk pace and cool wit.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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An unruly orangutan plus an opulent hotel setting equals a natural disaster, or in this case a kids' movie.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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There isn't much of a story. The minimal plot exists exclusively to get the orangutan Dunston (played by "Sam") into as many odd, potentially-comic circumstances as possible.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Dunston does not, in fact, check in.

February 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Gordon and the Whale
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Dumb chimp-gorilla-orangutan genre laughs, and forgettable.

May 22, 2008
Video-Reviewmaster.com

I'm checking out.

December 31, 2004 | Comment (1)
StaciWilson.com

Depends on your orangutan tolerance.

December 1, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Monkeys: they make any movie funnier just by being included.

July 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Its value is ultimately just as a way to keep your children quiet and pliant for ninety minutes.

May 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Dunston Checks In -- Wish I hadn't.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Dunston Checks In

Did the world really need another kids movie with an animal? No, but at least the movie isn't terrible. It's got a couple of funny scenes.
July 8, 2011
ajv2688

Super Reviewer

You might expect "Dunston Checks In" to be a kiddy or cutesy show, and in a way it is, but it can also be a good family movie for anybody who likes comedies. A manager of a 5-star hotel in New York, Mr. Grant (Jason Alexander), has a great job, but he has to watch every step he takes because if he makes one mistake in the eyes of the owner, Mrs. Dubrow (Faye Dunaway), he could lose his high paying job and go from living in a 5-star hotel to something not so nice. Mr. Grant has two kids to raise, but things just might go haywire when an orangutan starts hanging out at the hotel.
But not to fret, not only is the orangutan named Dunston real smart, he can also make simple things hilarious. "Dunston Checks In" isn't a groundbreaking comedy and it's not that original, but it is fun to watch, and it can be funny. I recommend anybody who likes comedies that feature an animal as the main star to at least rent "Dunston Checks In," if not buying it. NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2001. Something about this movie I always loved and have watched it several times. It's not Jason Alexander, the orangutan, or anything, just the culmination of it as a whole somehow works to a charm.
September 11, 2009
stormyweather980

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A cute small orangutan makes me laugh heaps while befriends a mischievous teen at the four-star hotel they are plundering, and turns a huge formal ball into chaos.
December 19, 2007
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