Born to Be Wild (1995) - Rotten Tomatoes

Born to Be Wild1995

Born to Be Wild (1995)




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The unbreakable bond forged between a troubled boy and a gorilla forms the basis of this family-oriented children's adventure. Fourteen-year old Rick has become quite rebellious since his father abandoned them. Margaret Heller, his mother, is a behavioral scientist who studies communication with gorillas. She is finding it increasingly difficult to communicate with the sullen, isolated Rick. The story opens just as Rick, who had stolen his mother's van for a joyride, is released from jail. To punish him, Margaret forces him to clean out the animal research lab. Rick is especially loathe to clean out the gorilla cage. In that cage is a gorilla adept at sign language, Katie, whom Rick immediately despises. In time, he and Katie begin conversing, and the two become friends. But then Katie's legal owner, the cruel Gus Charnley, reclaims her and forces her to perform caged up in a carnival act. The degradation of his friend is more than Rick can handle, so he frees her and together they hit the road. Mayhem and adventure ensues until the two end up in court where Katie makes a touching plea on their behalf.

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Wil Horneff
as Rick Heller
Helen Shaver
as Margaret Heller
Peter Boyle
as Gus Charnley
Gregory Itzin
as Walter Mallinson
Titus Welliver
as Sergeant Markle
Thomas F. Wilson
as Det. Lou Greenberg
Don Brady
as Search Cop
Alan Ruck
as Dan Woodley
Janet Carroll
as Judge Billings
Obba Babatundé
as Interpreter
David Wingert
as Gary James
John Pleshette
as Donald Carr
Dave MacIntyre
as Charnley's Guard #1
Michael MacRae
as Country Store Cop
Don McLeod
as Gorilla Team
Bruce Wright
as Jack Graham
David MacIntyre
as Charnley's Guard No. 1
Talia Paul
as Gorilla Team
Rob Cea
as Charnley's Guard No. 2
Sarah Brooke
as Lacey's Mom
Jordan Michelman
as Lacey's Brother
Troy Evans
as Farmer
Sandra Lee Dejong
as Farmer's Wife
Larry Albert
as Plain Clothes Officer
Amy Scott
as Burger Girl
Chad Lindberg
as Burger Boss
Drake Collier
as Anchorman
Monica Hart
as Anchorwoman
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Critic Reviews for Born to Be Wild

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

Screenwriters Paul Young and John Bunzel... can't decide whether they're making a slapstick comedy or an impassioned ecological statement or just a harmless baby-sitter...

July 13, 2020 | Full Review…

The film's biggest mistake is in going after the heartstrings instead of the funnybone.

May 21, 2003 | Full Review…

In the end, Born to Be Wild insults the intelligence of both children and adults, and, therefore, is worth nobody's precious time.

October 30, 2001 | Full Review…

It's a shame that the makers of "Born to Be Wild" went to such great lengths to create an absolutely convincing gorilla via technical wizardry only to waste their efforts on such a trite, predictable comedy-adventure.

October 30, 2001 | Full Review…

Most of the chances for humor are downplayed in favor of a heavy-handed, sentimental effort.

July 13, 2020 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Obnoxious monkeyshines.

July 26, 2002 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for Born to Be Wild

Very few movies about teens and animals that befriend them are amusing. This one is but still nothing spectacular.

Sunil Jawahir
Sunil Jawahir

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