Project X 1987

Project X

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As punishment for a minor offense, the Air Force assigns pilot Jimmy Garrett (Matthew Broderick) to watch over a group of chimpanzees used for military experiments. Jimmy bonds with Virgil, a chimp capable of communicating with sign language. But when he witnesses the military's plan to kill the animals with radiation, Jimmy enlists the help of Teri MacDonald (Helen Hunt), the graduate student responsible for teaching sign language to Virgil, to free the chimps.

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Critic Reviews for Project X

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  • A combination of expose on Air Force experiments with chimpanzees and cuddly pet story, Project X should fly high as family entertainment.

    April 17, 2018 | Full Review…
  • "Project X" reflects quality and care throughout, but its elements don't quite mesh.

    October 26, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Plenty of strikes against this--moronic story line, obligatory animal mugging, more "awwwww" opportunities than any film since 3 Men and a Cradle--but it's still one of the most accomplished pulp fantasies in a while.

    October 26, 2011 | Full Review…
  • Broderick is rightly more subdued here than in some recent performances, and supporting cast is discreetly effective.

    March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

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  • Disney-ish drama with a conscience.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Derek Adams

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  • The director, Jonathan Kaplan, lays on the animal antics without stint; it's a one-ring circus. The way he tugs at our sympathy for the poor smart beasts may remind you of a house pet scratching away for attention.

    May 21, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Project X

  • Sep 06, 2010
    Not that I'm on the side of the crazy army scientist guys in this movie or anything, but I hate movies with monkeys. This is no exception, the story is predictable, yet the actors were good, but all the while I kept hating those monkeys who were supposed to be all cute, they get on my nerves.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Jan 17, 2009
    If your bored, then see it.
    ZACHO D Super Reviewer
  • Jan 11, 2009
    Save the monkeys! Pretty much exactly what you expect.
    Marion R Super Reviewer
  • Oct 27, 2007
    Sad movie about military medical experiment on monkeys. Stars a young Matthew Broderick and Helen Hunt who try to rescue the animals.
    Candy R Super Reviewer

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