Rated: PG Reviewed by: Frank Release date: March 18, 1994 Released by: New Line Cinema
Thora Birch is a terrific little actress. She was particularly effective in Paradise with Elijah Wood. Like all actors, she needs a decent vehicle to work with and Monkey Trouble is too bland to be credible.
Eva Gregory (Birch) wants a pet. Her mother (Mimi Rogers) and stepfather (Christopher McDonald) say no because he's allergic to animal hair. Through a series of events, the capuchin monkey which belongs to Shorty Kohn (Harvey Keitel) follows Eva home. The monkey is trained by conn man Kohn to steal gold and money. As expected, Eva hides the monkey, her stepfather sneezes and the monkey steals all the jewelry in sight. Monkey Trouble is filled with good sitcom material but not enough for a full length feature.
The script is predictable and flat; it's good actors without a place to go. Monkey Trouble is primitive film making.