Going Ape!

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"There were 3 conditions to the 5 million dollar inheritance, and they had to be bathed twice a week."
  • PG
  • 1981
  • 1 hr 27 min
  • 4.0  (966)

Going Ape! is a comedy film from 1981 that tells the story of Foster, a young man who inherits a large inheritance from his billionaire uncle. However, instead of giving him money, his uncle leaves him a gorilla named Sydney, who was trained to act and behave like a person. Foster, not knowing what to do with a gorilla, decides to take Sydney to New York City to find work as an actor.

The movie stars Tony Danza as Foster, Jessica Walter as his love interest and boss, and Stacey Nelkin as Foster's friend from back home who joins him in New York. The trio, along with Sydney the gorilla, embark on a hilarious journey as they try to find acting work for Sydney in the competitive world of entertainment.

As the story progresses, we see Sydney becoming more and more famous as an actor, and the group gaining notoriety as well. The film is a classic comedy that captures the essence of the 1980s, with wild fashion, outrageous characters, and larger than life situations.

One of the strengths of Going Ape! is the chemistry between the actors, especially between Danza and Walter. Their banter and witty dialogue are some of the funniest and most memorable moments in the movie. Stacey Nelkin also delivers a strong performance as Foster's loyal friend who is always ready to support him in his zany endeavors.

Another noticeable aspect of the movie is the physical comedy, with a lot of scenes focusing on Sydney the gorilla and his misadventures in the big city. The movie also features a talented animal trainer who taught Sydney to act like a person, with hilarious results.

The plot of the movie is simple and straightforward, but it is the performances that make it memorable. The film also doesn't take itself too seriously, with many scenes meant to be absurd or over the top. For example, one scene sees Sydney auditioning for a role in a Shakespeare play, which results in chaos and hilarity.

Going Ape! is a lighthearted comedy that is perfect for anyone looking for a bit of escapism. The movie doesn't aim to be anything more than a fun and silly romp, but it succeeds in its goal with flying colors. The film captures the essence of the 1980s, both in its style and humor, and is sure to bring a smile to the face of anyone who watches it.

Overall, Going Ape! is a must-see for fans of classic comedies or anyone who loves a good animal movie. With its fun plot, talented cast, and hilarious animal antics, this film is a true gem of 1980s cinema that will leave you laughing out loud from start to finish.

Going Ape! is a 1981 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 27 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 4.0.

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    4.0  (966)