George of the Jungle (1997) - Rotten Tomatoes

George of the Jungle1997

George of the Jungle (1997)



Critic Consensus: George of the Jungle is faithful to its source material -- which, unfortunately, makes it a less-than-compelling feature film.

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With its deft blend of slapstick, sharp humor and movie satire Jay Ward's late '60s cartoon George of the Jungle, provided a refreshing break from the insipidness of most Saturday morning cartoons. While many naysayers did not feel it possible, this charming and funny live-action Disney adaptation stays true to the spirit of the original cartoon. An animated prologue explains how George came to be raised in the jungles of Bukuvu by the highly-educated talking primate Ape (voiced by John Cleese). The story jumps ahead a couple decades and Tarzan-like George (Brendan Fraser) has grown up. Unlike Edgar Rice Burrough's jungle man, George, while dashing and handsome, is a total klutz with a tendency to swing smack into trees or other immovable objects every time he takes to a vine. Ape and his faithful elephant Shep (who thanks to clever special effects acts exactly like an enthusiastic dog) are his primary companions until one day George rescues sexy San Francisco socialite Ursula Stanhope (Leslie Mann) from a deadly situation. This doesn't set well with her fiance Lyle Van de Groot (Thomas Haden Church) who had earlier shown up to surprise her. Back at George's tree house, the dashing swinger finds himself puzzled by the strange inner promptings that arise when Ursula is near. Ape does his best to explain, but simple doesn't know enough about human reproductive rites to be much help. The vengeful Lyle (who was humiliated during the rescue) and his entourage eventually catch up with George and convince him to go to San Francisco where considerable hilarity ensues as he tries to adjust to life in the urban jungle.

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Leslie Mann
as Ursula Stanhope
Thomas Haden Church
as Lyle Van de Groot
Holland Taylor
as Beatrice Stanhope
John Bennett Perry
as Arthur Stanhope
Keith Scott
as Narrator
Spencer Garrett
as Party Guest
Lauren Bowles
as Ursula's Friend
Afton Smith
as Ursula's Friend
Samantha Harris
as Ursula's Friend
Nameer El-Kadi
as Ape Body Actor
Hans Schoeber
as Mercenary
Alexander Denk
as Mercenary
Peter F. Giddings
as TV Weatherman
Terilyn Joe
as TV Anchor
Michel Camus
as Cameraman
Valerie Perri
as TV Reporter
Willie Brown
as Himself
Carrie Zanoline
as Perfume Lady
Garrett Griffin
as Fireboat Captain
Harve Cook
as Bongo Drummer
Aristide Sumatra
as Bongo Drummer
John Cleese
as An Ape Named 'Ape', Ape, Voice of Ape
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Critic Reviews for George of the Jungle

All Critics (54) | Top Critics (20)

What sets the film apart is a script that has the good sense to laugh at itself.

August 23, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Surprisingly pleasant.

October 18, 2008 | Full Review…

Not quite inspired lunacy, the film has a game, likable quality and strong sequel potential.

July 23, 2008

The story is incidental -- the villain wants to abduct the talking ape for financial gain -- and thankfully the animatronics and computer effects aren't allowed to overwhelm the proceedings.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…

A pleasant surprise, one of the most witty, entertaining family films to come out in some time.

June 18, 2002 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

George George, George of the Jungle. Boom boom BOOM BOOM . . . Oh, please shut up.

April 12, 2002 | Rating: 1.5/4

Audience Reviews for George of the Jungle

It may be a dumb concept, but as it pokes fu at itself, making reference to comedy cliches, "George of the Jungle" ends up a great film to watch. Brendan Fraser's wacky character is portrayed perfectly and the story is a very fun ride to take. Travelling through the world, acting like an ape how he grew up is a fun element to play with and when he makes it into the city is hysterical. The camerawork is simple, the characters are complex enough, and the villains are acceptable, but the gags are genius. I love watching this film for what it is, and in my opinion, there is really not much to complain about here! A great film for the entire family!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer


George of the Jungle is decent little live action comedy from Disney. The film is definitely silly, but it manages to bring on good laughs. Brendan Fraser gives a decent performance here, nothing that great. The film is perfect to watch as a family, and it's is a film that will appeal to all ages. George of the Jungle is simply put a fun comedy that though is uneven, manages to bring a few laughs. Unfortunately, the film too goofy at times, and that's why the film suffers a bit. The film is decent, but it never really that good to begin with. If you keep your expectation average, then you won't be disappointed. As far as a comedy is concerned, George of the Jungle does work, but at times it's clear that the film struggles to be something better, and doesn't quite get there. The cast do a decent job, and the film fun, but it's one of those films that aren't really memorable. Sure there are some good times to be watching this film, but it never does do anything interesting. The films biggest problem is that it lacks substance to the overall story. There's really nothing that good about the plot and it doesn't do anything really fun. The film is amusing, but you can see that the plot at times doesn't really work. But for what it is, George of the Jungle is a decent time waster; just don't expect anything truly great from this one.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer


Pure crap. Its not funny, interesting, or good, its just stupidity and them thinking its going to be a straight A comedy, and its one of the worst Disney films I have ever seen.

Jim Careter
Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

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