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It's a first-class, stylish farce with a brisk pace and cool wit.
An unruly orangutan plus an opulent hotel setting equals a natural disaster, or in this case a kids' movie.
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.
Dunston does not, in fact, check in.
Dumb chimp-gorilla-orangutan genre laughs, and forgettable.
I'm checking out.
Depends on your orangutan tolerance.
Monkeys: they make any movie funnier just by being included.
Its value is ultimately just as a way to keep your children quiet and pliant for ninety minutes.
Dunston Checks In -- Wish I hadn't.
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.
Loses my interest about five minutes in.
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.
A cute small orangutan makes me laugh heaps while befriends a mischievous teen at the four-star hotel they are plundering, and turns a huge formal ball into chaos.
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