Monkey Business
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Howard Hawks hoped to capture the screwball comic fervor of his 1938 film Bringing Up Baby with his 1952 comedy Monkey Business. As in the earlier film, Cary Grant stars as an absent-minded professor involved in a research project. This time he's a chemist seeking a "fountain of youth" formula that will revitalize middle-agers both mentally and physically. Though Grant's own laboratory experiments yield little fruit, a lab monkey, let loose from its cage, mixes a few random chemicals and comes up with just the formula Grant is looking for. This mixture is inadvertently dumped… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Attempt to draw out a thin, familiar slapstick idea isn't carried off."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"he timing of the gags can put most Hollywood comedies, never mind TV sitcoms, to shame."
‑ , Time Out
"The rather strained, juvenile high jinks do have their funny lines and situations, plus Monroe as an incompetent stenographer."
‑ , Film4
"Cute comedy with a nice early appearance by Marilyn Monroe."
‑ Nell Minow, Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
"Plenty of funny moments."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Monkey Business ranks with the best works of the American cinema."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Screwball classic is still funny but shows its age."
‑ Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media
"A goofy premise and slight script are transformed into something very funny by director Howard Hawks and a cast of screen legends."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Screwball monkeying around with Grant and Rogers."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"O ponto alto é ver Grant se comportar como uma criança travessa - especialmente na cena em que ele entra em conflito com a também rejuvenescida Ginger Rogers."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"As soon as this gag is established and provokes the obvious guffaws, the subsequent changes rung upon it become just a little dull."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Mildly amusing screwball comedy about the effects of a youth formula on a married couple, in the vein of (but not as witty or funny) Hawks' 1938 Bringing Up Baby, which also starred Cary Grant."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"...eventually becomes just as silly and over-the-top as one might've anticipated."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Perhaps the greatest Hollywood director who ever lived, Howard Hawks knew instinctively how to use certain actors."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Pretty funny star vehicle from Howard Hawks."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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