Monkey Business
Monkey Business (1952)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: September 5, 1952
DVD Release Date: May 14, 2002
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Brody
New Yorker

A summit of comic invention.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

As soon as this gag is established and provokes the obvious guffaws, the subsequent changes rung upon it become just a little dull.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Variety Staff

Attempt to draw out a thin, familiar slapstick idea isn't carried off.

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Time Out

he timing of the gags can put most Hollywood comedies, never mind TV sitcoms, to shame.

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The rather strained, juvenile high jinks do have their funny lines and situations, plus Monroe as an incompetent stenographer.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Monkey Business ranks with the best works of the American cinema.

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Andrea Beach
Common Sense Media

Screwball classic is still funny but shows its age.

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TV Guide

A goofy premise and slight script are transformed into something very funny by director Howard Hawks and a cast of screen legends.

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
It is Cary Grant's and Ginger Rogers' talent what raises this amusing screwball comedy above average and keeps the balls rolling, as they make us… More
Spencer S.
This, another in a long line of Howard Hawks comedies, centers around the absurd in every aspect, the wit and candor of other comedies of the era complacent to… More
Kevin M. Williams
Top gun talent behind and in front of the camera, and yet this one fails to ever get off the ground. The joke: show everyone involved acting respectably (i.e.… More
Aj V
This is a goofy comedy starring Grant and Rogers, but Monroe plays a small part as Grant's secretary or something. The story isn't very unique, but… More
Bathsheba Monk
If you like screwball comedies, this is for you! You can't beat Cary Grant's bemused expression when one of his leading ladies--Ginger Rogers and… More
Jennifer D
Haha! Loved it! Cary Grant and Ginger Rogers are just masters of physical comedy. It's one thing to act young, it's another thing to have your… More