Dunston Checks In (1996)



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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 … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Comedy, Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By: John Hopkins, Bruce Graham
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 28, 2002
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


as Robert Grant

as Mrs. Dubrow

as Kyle Grant

as Lord Rutledge

as Brian Grant

as Buck La Farge

as Lionel Spalding

as Victor

as Mrs. Dellacroce

as Murray

as Mrs. Winthrop

as Mrs. Feldman

as Frau Biedermeyer

as Consuelo

as French Girl

as Desk Clerk

as Maintenance Man

as Night Doorman

as Ferrari Girl

as Cucumber Woman

as Special Vocal Effect...

as Mrs. Harrison

as Ms. Pink

as Telephone Operator

as Maintenance Man No. ...

as Maid No. 1

as Maid No. 2

as Bellman No. 1

as Bellman No. 2

as Bellman No. 3

as Bellman No. 4

as Ferrari Girl

as Bali Majestic Guest

as Bali Majestic Clerk

as Fashion Model
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Critic Reviews for Dunston Checks In

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (9)

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

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

An unruly orangutan plus an opulent hotel setting equals a natural disaster, or in this case a kids' movie.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Detroit News
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Full Review… | January 12, 1996
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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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.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

Loses my interest about five minutes in.

Tim Salmons

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.

Jason Owens

Super Reviewer

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