Monkey Business
Monkey Business (1931)

The first Marx Brothers picture written specifically for film, this outing finds the boys as stowaways on a cruise ship.

Rated: Unrated
Running Time:
Release Date: September 19, 1931
DVD Release Date: October 10, 2000
Add Your Rating
Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
User Score

Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Watching each brother try to pass himself off as Maurice Chevalier is a comic highlight.

Full review…
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

It's not the most dynamic and timeless of the brothers' movies but it has enough moments and lines to stand alongside any of them.

Full review…
Fernando F. Croce

Coruscating surrealism

Full review…
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Keeps plot at a minimum, anarchy at a maximum, which is a good place to be for the fearless foursome of 1930s screen comedy. [Blu-ray]

Full review…
Josh Larsen

...allows for a welcome bit of personal space between the audience and the comedians' antics.

Full review…
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews


Full review…
Phil Hall

A comic commotion on the ocean, via the fabulous four Marx Brothers.

Full review…
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

Marx Bros. classic is zany slapstick done right.

Full review…
Steve Crum

Not the best Marx Brothers, but pretty close.

More reviews for Monkey Business

Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
All the brothers were musicians but Harpo alone always got so serious whenever he played harp (sometimes Chico on the piano, but not always). His clown… More
xGary Xx
The brothers stowaway on board an ocean liner and get mixed up with a mobster trying to take over his old bosses territory. The usual mix of wisecracking,… More
Aj V
My favourite Marx Brothers movie. It's hilarious and short, it's just packed full of jokes and gags.
Cindy I
The Marx Brothers as stowaways on an ocean liner. I've seen dozens of times and still laugh out loud at every scene.
Stella Dallas
complete anarchy and absolutely hilarious. at the rate they fire off the gags they're bound to miss a few but most of it sticks. i'm inclined to… More
Michael Gildea
My second favorite Marx Bros movie.