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BUDDY

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Buddy

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG
performer:
Robbie Coltrane, Rene Russo, Paul Reubens
genre:
Comedy

We gave it a C+

BUDDY Rene Russo, Robbie Coltrane (1997, Columbia TriStar, PG, $22.99) Parents beware: This fictionalized account of socialite Trudy Lintz (Russo), who maintained a menagerie on her Brooklyn estate, may look like an adorable kiddie romp, but it ultimately has more in common with King Kong than with Going Ape. The title character, a baby gorilla adopted by Lintz in the 1930s, grows to be an uncontrollable force of nature (a teenager, in short); the resulting violence is probably too intense for small children. Older viewers will be distracted by the blatant Buddy fakery — he might as well have a sign reading ”Property of the Jim Henson Creature Shop” hung around his neck. (Having him interact with real chimps was a bad move.) Russo emotes her heart out, but this strange little movie remains a nice try at best. C

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