Krippendorf's Tribe (1998)

Krippendorf's Tribe (1998)



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Todd Holland directed this Charlie Peters adaptation of Frank Parkin's novel. Respected anthropologist James Krippendorf (Richard Dreyfuss) and his wife, Jennifer (Barbara Williams), bring their three children along during their failed search in New Guinea for a lost tribe. After Jennifer's death, James reaches a zero point back in the U.S., having spent all his foundation grant money raising the kids as a single parent. Scheduled to lecture at a college and fearful he could be charged with misuse of grant funds, James concocts an imaginary tribe, the Shelmikedmu, and fakes a 16 mm "documentary" film, casting his children as tribe members and editing in footage of a legit New Guinea tribe. Anthropologist Veronica Micelli (Jenna Elfman) contacts cable-TV producer Henry Spivey (David Ogden Stiers), forcing James to continue creating fraudulent footage as the rival Ruth Allen (Lily Tomlin) gets suspicious. It seems a shame this racially insensitive film was made, while the once-announced plans to film anthropologist Kenneth Good's nonfiction Into the Heart (Simon & Schuster, 1991) never led to a production.
PG-13 (For sexual humor)
Comedy , Kids & Family
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Richard Dreyfuss
as James Krippendorf
Jenna Elfman
as Veronica Micelli
Gregory Smith
as Mickey
Stephen Root
as Gerald Adams
Elaine Stritch
as Irene Harding
Tom Poston
as Gordon Harding
David Ogden Stiers
as Henry Spivey
Lily Tomlin
as Ruth Allen
Doris Belack
as President Porter
Julio Oscar Mechoso
as Simon Alonso
Siobhan Fallon
as Lori Hayward
Barbara Williams
as Jennifer Krippendorf
Zakes Mokae
as Sulukim
Susan Ruttan
as Mrs. O'Brien
Jacob Handy
as Young Edmund
Zachary Handy
as Young Edmund
Amzie Strickland
as Gladys Schmades
Phil Leeds
as Dr. Harvey
Frances Bay
as Edith Proxmire
Lance Kinsey
as Principal Reese
Mila Kunis
as Abbey Tournquist
Robin Karfo
as Mrs. Tournquist
Tim Halligan
as Mr. Tournquist
Peter Tilden
as Larry Swift
Timothy Wells
as Ruth's Guide
Kari Leigh Floyd
as Party Guest
Michael Steve Jones
as Alcove Man
Ian Busch
as Flagpole Boy
Grace Lee
as College Student No. 1
Todd Cattell
as College Student No. 2
Chris Duque
as Outpost Man
Valerie Reid
as Divorced Woman
Rachel Winfree
as Lecture Woman No. 1
Suanne Spoke
as Lecture Woman No. 2
Catherine Paolone
as Lecture Woman No. 3
Bill Rosier
as TV Store Customer No. 1
Robb Derringer
as TV Store Customer No. 2
Laura Cayouette
as TV Studio Woman
China Brezner
as Elevator Teen
Bruce Jarchow
as Andrews
Wendy Worthington
as Secretary
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Critic Reviews for Krippendorf's Tribe

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (7)

Pretty lame comedy stuff with Dreyfuss leading family misadventures. Sophomoric.

February 20, 2007
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

The fact that people loved this movie is beyond me; the fact that it was an Oscar contender blows me away.

June 14, 2005
7M Pictures

Dreyfuss deserves a whole lot better than this garbage.

April 16, 2005

Though it settles for easy laughs, the laughs remain appreciated.

December 15, 2003
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

In order to find Krippendorf's Tribe funny, you must agree with it on one fundamental principle: Penises are funny.

Full Review… | November 29, 2003

Look at Richard Dreyfuss on the poster, weep for him, and then rent something else.

August 20, 2003
Kansas City Star

Audience Reviews for Krippendorf's Tribe

Boy, I hope it's a good movie. Yeah, it's not.

Curtis Lilly
Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer

Ooga-Booga! Richard Dreyfuss is hilarious in this movie when he invents his own lost tribe. A fun comedy.

Lafe Fredbjornson
Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer

Quite how we're expected to swallow the idea that a collection of eminent anthropologists would be fooled by Richard Dreyfuss' wife and kids running around a middle american suburb in grass skirts is beyond me, but he's his usual likeable self in an inconsequential but inoffensive family comedy.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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