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The Ape (2005)





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An aspiring novelist looking for a quiet place to finish his breakthrough novel finds that inspiration can come from the most unlikely of sources in the directorial debut of actor-turned-filmmaker James Franco. All Harry Walker (Franco) needs to escape his unfulfilling job and his ho-hum home life is one unqualified hit: one best-selling novel to kick-start his rocket to stardom. In order to write, though, Harry needs privacy. When Harry gets the idea to rent an apartment so that he can focus on his writing, it seems that he may have found a means of beating his writer's block -- until a talking gorilla in a gaudy Hawaiian shirt shows up. At first viewing his pushy primate pal as little more than yet another in a long line of creatively stifling distractions, Harry soon discovers that "The Ape," can help him realize his dreams of becoming a truly great writer -- but will the toll that his newfound friend takes on Harry's sanity be worth the price of a Pulitzer Prize?more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
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Written By: Merriwether Williams, James Franco
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On DVD: Mar 7, 2006
TLA Releasing


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Critic Reviews for The Ape

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 27, 2006
AV Club
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An ill-conceived, boring and puerile mess.

Full Review… | March 21, 2006
EDGE Boston

Full Review… | May 12, 2006
Film Threat

Audience Reviews for The Ape

As much as I love James Franco, I cannot say that he can write a good script. He tried to act his heart out with a script that needed help. Maybe it is better in a playhouse setting, but it doesn't work as well as a movie. The storyline is predictable and dialogue at times stiff. The actors do a decent job, James puts out a good performance (esp if you mute it), and the interchange between the writer and the ape is the highlight of the movie. If the entire movie were just in the apartment with the writer and the ape, it might be better and seem to have more of a purpose.

Absolutly horrible...why this movie was ever made is beyond me. I watched it with my brother while the rest of the family went to Christmas mass...i think my time would have been better spent at church...

thomas m

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