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?
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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An ill-conceived, boring and puerile mess.

Full Review… | March 21, 2006
EDGE Boston

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Full Review… | May 11, 2006
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Audience Reviews for The Ape


A low budget Indie directed/written/executive produced/starring by James Franco. A nice try, some points/punches made although not that astounding overall.


Deeply unfunny and flawed so completely it's tough to believe that anyone could actually develop the concept beyond an embarrassing short story from middle school. It's not compelling in any way. Though Franco does a passable job acting, the writing makes him seem like an alien in disguise trying to make other humans believe he is a normal sexual creature, best exemplified by the way he reacts to his co-worker chastising him for a sexual dalliance. The bizarreness of this film's inability to work is on par with 'Plan 9 From Outer Space', a comparison that is helped greatly by the awkward musical cues and stupidly unnecessary Dostoevsky quotes book-ending each segment. Franco's dynamic with the eponymous ape is indescribable. It couldn't more obviously be a bad comedian with zero presence in a suit. Once one gets to the end, one must seriously begin to question the sanity of someone involved, and since Franco wrote the play, screenplay, produced, directed, and starred, it's tough to point the finger anywhere else.

Bryan Way
Bryan Way

OMG this was awful. I love James Franco but this movie is just so fucked up! I gave it a chance but NO.

Katie Moran
Katie Moran

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