Animal Behavior (1989) - Rotten Tomatoes

Animal Behavior (1989)




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In this enjoyable, lighthearted "he's fallen for her" situational, a music professor finds a science department faculty member too deeply engrossed in her inter-species communication studies (she talks to chimps) to even notice him. Since he can't get her mind off her studies, he decides to work part-time for her in the university laboratory. In this way he becomes aware of her dilemma: she's found that her research funds are set to be axed. He's there to help her figure out a way to prove their worth, and maybe spike her interest in him at the same time. There's plenty of clean fun and a satisfying outcome to be had here. ~ Rovimore
Rating: PG (adult situations/language)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Susan Rice, Jenny Bowen
In Theaters:
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Armand Assante
as Mark Mathias
Karen Allen
as Alex Bristow
Holly Hunter
as Coral Grable
Josh Mostel
as Mel Gorsky
Richard Libertini
as Dr. Parrish
Alexa Kenin
as Sheila Sandusky
Jon Mathews
as Tyler Forbes
Nan Martin
as Mrs. Norton
Crystal Buda
as Cleo Grable
Ivan Bonar
as Dr. Ridley
Janni Brenn
as Mrs. Parrish
Joyce Brothers
as Visiting Psychologis...
Alice Drummond
as Site Committee
Alan Jones
as Site Committee
Peter Prouse
as Site Committee
Alan Jones
as Site Committee
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All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

The problem in "Animal Behavior" isn't the animal behavior. It's Susan Rice's sweet-natured but unskilled script, and Anne Riley's direction, which underlines its connect-the-dots obviousness while ignoring its screwball comedy possibilities.

Full Review… | April 1, 2012
Boston Globe
Top Critic

The movie plays as if it had not been directed by anyone, or as if someone had come along and attempted to improve whatever the original director had done.

Full Review… | April 1, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

Allen and Assante are so terrific together you regret that "Animal Behavior," goes for whimsy and sentimentality rather than the screwball humor and sophistication of "Bringing Up Baby."

Full Review… | April 1, 2012
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Let us all be thankful that Bonzo didn't live to see this.

Full Review… | April 1, 2012
Leonard Maltin's Picks

With a poor script, some very poor acting from Allen and, surprisingly, Holly Hunter, this was doomed to fail.

Full Review… | April 1, 2012
Sky Movies

This modest little movie deserves to be seen and appreciated. It manages to be intelligent without being pompous or pretentious, and entertaining without resorting to titillation.

Full Review… | April 1, 2012
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