Troy Patterson
December 05, 1997 AT 05:00 AM EST

George of the Jungle

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
performer
Thomas Haden Church, Brendan Fraser, Leslie Mann
genre
Comedy

We gave it a B-

Disney shaped Jay Ward?s willfully aimless cartoon-sketch show into a coherent live-action feature by simply contriving some jungle love: Noble savage Fraser goes cuckoo for Ursula (Mann), a gal with Jane Goodall?s heart and Jane Fonda?s cheekbones. The sappy romance gums up the TV series? slyness, but the film nonetheless retains some slapstick foolery and snappy dialogue, and Fraser handsomely captures George?s broad-jawed oafishness. Plus, armed with your magical remote, you can fast-forward through the schmaltz and head straight to John Cleese?s gorilla farts.

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