Monkey Warfare

2006

Monkey Warfare

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A pair of pot-smoking Toronto bohemians whose dealer has just been busted are shaken from their stoned complacency by a mysterious young radical in director Reginald Harkema's contemporary urban comedy. Dan (Don McKellar) and Linda (Tracy Wright) spend their days scavenging the local garbage dumps and garage sales for undervalued curiosities, and the nights smoking weed and gazing at the stars. When their usually-reliable dealer is suddenly, and unwillingly forced out of business by the authorities, the pair's momentary panic is soon placated by the arrival Susan (Nadia Litz), an enigmatic drifter with some especially potent British Columbia bud. It's not long before Susan becomes a familiar fixture around Don and Linda's home, and as the relationship dynamics between the three gradually evolves into something of a parent/child type of bond, the trio soon discovers that there are many secrets to be discovered.

Cast

Marya Delver
as Bike Girl
Jayne Eastwood
as Garage Sale Lady
Caroline Gillis
as Female Cop
Isabel Knight
as Baby Jason
Jason Knight
as Husband
Sarah Manninen
as Bike Girl
Erin McMurtry
as Bike Girl
Brenda Robins
as Figurine Lady
Marnie Robinson
as Bike Girl
Rob Stefaniuk
as Real Estate Agent
Rachel Wilson
as Bike Girl
Cindy Wolfe
as Rivers of Resistance Lady
Lee Rumohr
as Young Man
Melissa Veszi
as Young Woman
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Critic Reviews for Monkey Warfare

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (2)

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    November 24, 2011 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
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  • Not only does it wear its budgetary restrictions with flair and a winning sense of authenticity, it allows its characters - and the remarkable trio who play them - to roam freely in the gap between good intentions and regrettable results.

    December 15, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Along with some fairly silly comedy, romance and irony bounce off each other through Monkey Warfare.

    December 15, 2006 | Rating: 3/4
  • Deep-dyed deadpan Monkey Warfare reps an above-average entry in the Canadian cinematic tradition of loser comedy.

    September 19, 2006

    Dennis Harvey

    Variety
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  • A self-professed student of Godard, [Reginald] Harkema more closely resembles another Godard acolyte, Tarantino, right down to the latter's love of weed, foxy chicks, and subtle deceptiveness.

    June 25, 2007 | Rating: 64/100 | Full Review…
  • Closet anarchists and urban guerrillas everywhere will enjoy director/writer ... Reginald Harkema's 'How to Fuck The Man' primer.

    February 10, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Monkey Warfare

  • Jan 27, 2012
    A love affair for Parkdale? Pleeeease.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 04, 2010
    A surprisingly prescient film for those Bikes Lanes on Bloor weirdos and a cautionary tale for the G20 douchebags who smashed up my city, Monkey Warfare is a gritty film in which an ex-revolutionary un-couple in Toronto's gentrifying Parkdale neighbourhood reluictantly lets their ingenue pot-dealer into their lives. The result? A lesson in revolution and an awkward love triangle, that, though heavy-handed in places and seeemingly wandering in the early-going, continuously ups the ante and finishes with a wallop. Another solid Canadian film that no one saw. What a shame. Watch this!
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • Dec 01, 2007
    Hm what can one say about this terribly bizarre film but exactly just that? Two torontians living off people's garbage to make money and stay alive that smoke waaay too much pot. Once, their dealer gets busted they go looking for other means of getting some weed. Than, Dan meets Susan who is so different from his 'roomate' that he instantly takes to hanging out with her and finds out she 'sells trees.' Things get complicated once 'roomie' finds out and then after sharing some old records and books with this new young Susan...things really take a completely different direction. Not your typical 'run of the mill' comedy about two stoners. Not for everyone, check it out if you like political type movies I suppose.
    Bannan i Super Reviewer

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